Your fears around building an art business are real to you. Whatever fears you have, you can bet that other artists share them.
Still . . . you’re a warrior! You can conquer your fears, but only after you identify them.
Here’s a look at 7 common fears that artists have shared with me.
Fear that you are starting your career too late.
We all wish we had known then what we know now. But we didn’t.
Every moment you spend worrying about what you didn’t do is wasted energy. Get over it and move on. WWGMD? (What Would Grandma Moses Do? Stop painting?)
Fear that you’re not good enough.
What is “good enough?” Good enough for what? For whom? Yes, you need to be talented and know how to use your materials, but any artist worth his or her salt will be striving throughout life to improve.
There will always be a next level of “good enough.”
Fear that you don’t know enough.
This fear differs from the last in that people who experience this fear continue to search for the magic bullet that will bring them fame, fortune, and peace of mind.
Let me be as clear as I can: There is no magic bullet. Take daily action and keep moving forward.
Fear that people won’t take you seriously.
Some will, some won’t — so what? Are you going to let other people’s baggage define how you live your life?
My experience is that other people respond to us based on how we treat ourselves. The #1 thing you can do to get past this fear is to take yourself seriously.
Fear that your art will take you away from your family.
If art is truly a part of your soul, your family needs to understand this. They need to see that art is what helps make you beautiful and whole.
If you hold tight to this fear, you may end up resenting your own family members and regretting much in your life.
Fear that you will look stupid.
We all look stupid from time to time. At least once a day I hit my palm to my forehead and ask myself what I could have possibly been thinking. I’ll dwell on it for a bit too long, but I work through it during the self-pity party.
What choice do I have? Give up? Not likely.
Fear that you won’t make any money.
Most artists will never be able to support themselves from their art. You can choose to be different.
The fear of not making any money should spur you to think like a businessperson. You should have a plan and strategies in place that help you market your art consistently. Then you will know that you put forth your best effort.
(I can’t help mentioning here that my new programs for 2013 are laser-focused to help you foster consistent business practices.)
What fears do you relate to this Halloween?
Decked out in your warrior duds, what fears have you overcome and how did you do it?