After you’ve analyzed why your art isn’t selling as well as you’d like, take a moment and review these 7 key points.
1. Remember that you are a work in progress.
You and your work will evolve over time, learning from triumphs and mistakes, figuring out what works and what doesn’t, and building on experiences. You must learn to deal with rejection and not take it personally.
2. Remember to seek strong support systems.
I have worked with and known all types of artists from every background imaginable. It is very rare that an artist succeeds without having support systems in place. Whether your system consists of friends, family members or other artists, consider it indispensable. Your supporters are there for the good times, but they will prop you up in the bad times. Along the same lines . . .
3. Remember to set boundaries—even with family.
If you can’t eliminate the naysayers legally, limit your time with them and tell them that certain subjects are off limits. You have to voice your boundaries before you can expect others to respect them.
4. Remember to nurture a happy workspace.
Clean your office or repaint your walls. Get a plant that makes you smile, add a trickling water fountain, or play your favorite music. To create ritual, post a sign with your studio hours on the door—even if the door is inside your home.
5. Remember to recharge.
Do things that make you feel good and contribute to your mental well-being. Take a walk every day, answer email at a coffee shop, and attend inspiration art talks.
6. Remember why you do what you do.
For you, art is a form of self-expression, but you get the most joy when you share your art with the world. Never let go of that purpose.
7. Remember to persevere.
If you believe in what you do, invest in your future and persevere. I believe persistence is the number one reason most artists succeed.
FINAL WORD: You could be bummed and negative that your art isn’t getting the recognition you think it deserves OR you could invest in your future and persevere. Remember . . . the choice is yours.