Do your actions align with your words?
What I mean is: if you say that you want a successful art career, are you doing what it takes? Or are you exerting the minimum effort without any thought of your future?
If you say you want one thing, but aren’t taking action to support that one thing, you are out of alignment. You’re confusing the Universe – probably because you have mixed feelings yourself.
If you proclaim that you want a successful art career, I have six questions to to ensure that your actions align with your dreams.
1. Do you maintain a regular studio practice?
I don’t mean to imply that you have to be in the studio from 8:00am to 5:00pm every day for six days a week. I’m just asking if the art is getting made.
Without the art, you are not an artist. Without the art, you have nothing to promote.
Without the art, a successful art career just ain’t happenin’.
2. Are you promoting your art consistently?
Or are you promoting your art only when you feel like it?
Consistent promotion doesn’t equal bombarding your list and followers with your art. It’s about having a schedule and sticking to it rather than marketing whenever it strikes your fancy.
If you’re a dabbler, you have the luxury of marketing whenever you want to.
If you want a successful art career, you have to get over the idea that
Alert subscriber Clay Cantrell sent me the quote in this image some months ago, saying that it reminded him of me.
The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do. [Tweet this.]
I tracked down the quote to, as best I can tell, fitness guru Bill Phillips.
I wanted to share this with you because I can’t think of a quote that is more inspirational for me right now, and I hope it serves you.
Who I Am
You know me as someone who is a no-excuse-action-taking-don’t-stop-working kinda gal. I have never had a problem taking action.
But that’s only a tiny part of WHO I want to be.
Who I Want To Be
Over the past few years, I have loosely been seeking some form of spirituality. “Seeking” isn’t really the
You know that I’m all about action.
But I’m also about reading, researching, and learning, which is a good thing because my primary work is teaching. You have to learn before you can teach, although you’ll learn even more by teaching.
And there comes a time when you must stop the learning phase and start taking action – however imperfect it might be or however reticent you might feel.
Students at my workshop in Burlington, VT commit to taking action.
I think we stay in information-gathering mode rather than taking action for one of two reasons:
1. We’re afraid to make a mistake (failing). 2. We don’t have enough fire in the belly to get moving. We aren’t hungry enough.
Let’s look at these.
Go Ahead and Make Mistakes
You don’t learn simply by reading books and taking classes.
Think you can take a few classes or attend a workshop and you’re suddenly a genius at business? Of course you don’t. Being an Art Biz Blog reader, you know better.There’s so much to learn, know, and do. Every step forward reveals even more options, and we only begin to understand the implications of an action after we have been implementing it consistently. Here’s how to immerse yourself and really learn how to promote your art effectively.
I start my live workshops and online classes by asking participants to monitor their thoughts. Alarms should go off whenever they find themselves thinking “Yeah, I already know that.” These are dangerous words – primarily because they are often used in place of action.
In his keynote at the World Domination Summit, Chris Brogan said almost in passing: It’s not who you say you are, it’s what you do. I have a few thoughts on how you might ensure that what you do is more important than who you say you are.
The alternative to doing something is inaction. The alternative to marketing your art is waiting for something to happen and watching opportunities to pass by. I’m pretty sure you don’t want this.
If you think about it, you take a risk getting out of bed every morning. You don’t know what the day holds for you. You take a risk signing up for a new class by an unknown teacher. You take a risk every time you pull out a fresh slab of clay or point your lens and snap a shot.
Life is full of risks since nothing is certain. But some things seem to be riskier than others–like leaving a day job to devote time to your art. When looking at opportunities, try a semi-scientific approach and assess the risk.
Charlotte Kruk, Creamy. Acrylic on canvas. ©The Artist
Get out your pen and paper and write whatever you’re mulling over at the top of the page. Below it, make two columns. (You’ve probably done this before.) At the top of