I have yet to meet an artist who doesn’t want to be successful. So I began thinking on this whole question of success. It would seem everybody wants some kind of success. Imagine how hilarious it would be to watch an artist who actually set out to be a miserable failure. This would be a great idea for a comedy play or film. Maybe it’s already been done. If not I want royalties for the idea, ha.
A lot of artists are, I think , perfectionists. They want to get it right. Your art is an expression of something core to your being. You want it to be just perfect for yourself and others.
We live in ( or just after) an age of rampant consumerism. Anything that has value is seen to be worth so much in a dollar amount. That’s fine, …maybe, but not everything that has value, worth or success has a dollar amount.
When you were born people didn’t hover over you in the delivery room bartering over how much you were worth in dollars. You were that ‘bundle of joy’ without a price! You were worth the world to someone regardless of any deformities or ‘short-comings’. Someone saw you as a success!
Money, like applause, is one way people have come to show their appreciation for something they like. Unfortunately artists can get caught up in thinking they are never a success if they don’t sell a certain amount of art or don’t make enough money selling their art.
People sometimes misunderstand me when I mention money. They think I’m saying you shouldn’t sell art because that would be vulgar or we don’t need money or jobs to eat. I’ve never said that or intended that meaning.
I’ve been reading a bit here and there about how there is a new focus on being happy about who and where you are in life…today. This makes sense to me because if we spend our entire lives saying we will only be ” happy when_____” we will likely never find true happiness. Nobody knows how long we have to be on this earth so why say that you’re never a success until you can live off of your art sales or have created ‘X’ amount of work?
The best way , I think, is to understand that your worth as an artist is intrinsic. We all want to improve, no doubt. Living is learning. Understanding that in one sense you are a success now; that you have already arrived is key to understand that success is something you already have achieved.
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