Members of the Artist Conspiracy often cancel their membership with this reason: “The timing wasn’t right for me.”
Students in my classes lag behind, ignore the class lessons, and are suddenly surprised that it’s the last week of class. They say: “Bad timing for me.”
As if there were a perfect time to commit to one’s career.
The timing will never be right.
There will never be a “good time” to have an exhibit, approach a gallery, write a grant proposal, or give your first artist talk.
You have to make room for your priorities, and we tend to put off things that make us uncomfortable.
I’m not saying my classes and membership program are your priorities. I’m just saying that you need to ask yourself hard questions before you commit – not just to my classes, but to an art career in general.
Of course emergencies come up. Those cannot be helped. Family and your health are always more important than your art career.
I’m challenging you to ask yourself if it’s really bad timing or if there’s an underlying fear of what might happen if you take bold steps.
Being a professional artist is a commitment of time, money, and energy. What are you willing to invest?
Spend your money wisely.
Invest your time wisely.
Every time you open your wallet, make sure it’s for something you plan on using. When you agree to participate in an opportunity, make sure it’s something you intend to follow through with.
Otherwise, it’s a waste and you end up feeling crummy because you think you failed.
The timing will never be right until you say so.