Resilience: An Interview with Mark McGuinness

The bigger the dream the bigger the fear

Last summer I had the pleasure of interviewing Mark McGuinness, author of Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success. Originally recorded for my members in the Art Biz Incubator, I am able to share this interview now that my members have benefited from it for a number of months.

You Are Not Your Art

Julie Anderson artist

One of my coaching mentors used to say that she couldn’t separate business coaching from personal coaching. “It’s all personal,” she would say. If you read enough business motivation, you will come across attempts to help coach you through rejection and criticism with some form of the following. . . . “You are not your business.” . . .

Is Your Art Good or Garbage?

Garbage bag

If you want to reach a higher level in your art career, there must be someone around who can tell you what’s good and what’s garbage. Or does there? In 2005 NPR aired a 4-part series on flops. In part 3, they discussed the aftermath of failure – specifically, what happens when a movie flops.

Minimal and Maximum Art Explanations

Deep Thought Thursday: The more minimal art, the more maximum the explanation. – Hilton Kramer

Is great art obvious?

Michelangelo's Pieta

Does it hit you over the head? Do you have to spend time with it to understand its greatness? While we’re at it . . . What is great art?

Proactive Self-Promotion: Tweak an Art Critic

Christine Atkins, Why Do Trees Whisper

Without identifying the parties involved, I’ll pass on some “gossip” relayed to me by a reliable source about one artist’s self-promotion feats. It involves 1 artist, 1 arts reviewer, and a gaggle of the artist’s supporters.

The Oreo approach to criticism

Kathleen Nathan, Silver Dress. Photograph. ┬ęThe Artist

As you know, the Oreo┬« is a cookie with two chocolate wafers on the outside and light, creamy filling on the inside. When you’re critiquing someone’s art or marketing materials, think of the chocolate wafers (the parts that hold the whole together) as praise. The fluffy stuff in the center is where you can offer room for improvement.

Deep Thought Thursday: Necessities

Gertrude Stein said “No artist needs criticism, he only needs appreciation.” True? Share your thoughts.

Deep Thought Thursday: Seeking criticism (are you asking for it?)