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Gain Insight into Art Career Success

fnoadmin 01/21/16 16:52:45 comments: 0

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Gain Insight into Art Career Success

by Alyson Stanfield

 

Dynamic Metalwork David Earl Tomlinson
pictured: "Royal Street Scene" by FNO member Tommy Thompson

 
Every artist has a unique path, a singular focus. Regardless of your definition of success, you can learn a lot from artists-artists who might have a different path than you, but who, nonetheless, found their way.

From successful artists, you can get ideas for marketing, promotion, themes, media, and technique. You can find out how you might use assistants in the studio or office. And you can be inspired by stories of overcoming obstacles. In fact, learning from others' mistakes might be the best way to learn. I'm currently reading the book "Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Persuasive." In it, the authors show that people learn more when they examine mistakes rather than just hear about the best way to do something. I think you also learn when you hear from other artists who have tackled a problem in an unconventional way or just found a way to make a living that is different from what you had always assumed.

You can even learn a lot from artists whose art is nothing like your own. It's fine and good to belong to the watercolor or pastel society, the glass or fiber guild, or the oil painters group. But my experience is that these media-focused groups become insulated. Everyone is learning the same thing at the same pace. Do you want to stay at that level indefinitely? Or are you ready to break out on your own-to find the path that will distinguish you from the herd?

If you're ready to make a big shift, here are three tips.

 

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