I want to help you with your art business. Each blog post, class lesson, consultation, or live event is designed to help you get one step closer to your dream.
In these formats …
I can teach you what you should be doing to promote your art.
I can teach you how to do things.
I can teach you why it’s good to be doing these things.
I can teach you about other artists getting good results.
I cannot teach you how to get motivated to do the work.
I’d go so far as to say that I can’t teach you if you are not motivated. I could give you information, but that information is no good if it is merely collected.
I can write motivational articles or respond with positive feedback if you comment on my blog or Facebook page, but I cannot give you the motivation to take action in the first place.
Motivation must come from within you.
If you aren’t motivated to do the work, it doesn’t matter how many books you read or classes you take.
What Motivation Looks Like
Motivation is the spark that sets your art career in motion. And motivation is ignited by motive.
Why are you trying to build an art career?
Why are you trying to sell your art?
Why do you want more people to see your art and respond to it?
Why are you not satisfied with making art for yourself?
Common motives include freedom, sense of accomplishment, greater connection, and recognition. Money, though often expressed as a motivator, is rarely the primary motivation that leads to action.
So if you’ve identified the motive and still aren’t making progress, you have to consider what’s getting in the way of action.
Why aren’t you writing your newsletter?
Why aren’t you updating your blog?
Why aren’t you exhibiting your art?
Why aren’t you (gasp!) making art?
I understand that life happens. There are reasons why art must take a backseat at times.
And yet, after so many years working with artists, I have discovered that sometimes the expressed motive isn’t strong enough for many artists to make a career from their art.
Is Your Motive Strong Enough?
Is your motivation stronger than your reasons or excuses for not doing the work?
If the motive were strong enough, you’d do whatever you could to make it happen. You’d take more classes, hire a coach, stay up late, or get up early.
Most importantly, you’d escape your comfort zone. You’d go to art openings and introduce yourself to people. You’d apply to shows and risk rejection. You’d invite feedback in order to grow.
Your heart has to be open to possibilities.
Your mind has to be open to the idea that your life will be different when you commit to the path of an art career.
You have to be committed to your art and the life of an artist, especially if you want to earn a living from your art.
Are you motivated? If not, why not? What needs to change? What’s your motive?