The definition of ‘successful artist’ is quite subjective and usually varies according to the person you ask. However, there are some things that most successful artists do differently from the rest.
- They strive every day:
Successful artists know their weaknesses and strengths, but it is in the latter where they focus their efforts to continue improving. In this world, the value of hard work cannot be substituted for anything, and effort is the fundamental reason for triumph. Even if you are a very passionate and unquestionable talent artist, talent alone cannot replace sacrifice or perseverance!
The best artists constantly work to improve their art, polish their failures and strengthen their strengths.
- They learn to use their time well:
Great artists know how to manage their time wisely, and say “no” to the superfluous. Efficient time management means that they take better advantage of the daylight hours and know where they want to direct their future. They have plans and goals to fulfill, and direct their work activities towards them. These professionals work to improve and plan what they should do every day, week or even month.
- Turn your passion into your business:
Sadly, creating passionately does not mean that being an artist is not only your hobby but also your business. Whether they work part-time or full-time in their art, successful artists are intelligent men and women in business. Their work not only consists in the creation of great works of art, but they also must be successful entrepreneurs. They know their strengths; they seek help when they need it. They know that success will not come easily, so they ensure that their artistic careers continue to grow.
- They adapt:
Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Those artists who are open to new ideas and have the will to adapt, achieve more than those who live close minded. Whether creating in your studio or managing your own art businesses, successful artists who adjust have the ability to try alternatives when their method fails. They adapt to external conditions, and their flexibility leads to greater chances of success.
Whether an aspiring or amateur artist experimenting with different forms of art can be advantageous for both the creative and business expects of being an artist. For instance, virtual and augmented reality has made its way into art. The greatest personification can be seen in the works of Carrie Able, who is a fine artist and also a musician. Carrie has been at the forefront of Virtual and Augmented Reality Art. Carrie’s work is a benchmark of XR art, and she utilizes different techniques to make it a singular experience. She creates Augmented Reality Art to correspond to her more traditional oil on linen practice and this adds another layer and brings new interest to her works. She uses 360-degree immersive technology, and her brush strokes are responsive to the sound in the background. The whole music video offers a cinematic experience; one that you cannot stop marveling at!
- Have courage:
To dedicate yourself to art, you have to have courage and faith in yourself. Every time an artist stares at a blank page, a canvas or a piece of clay, they must face the fear of emptiness and overcome it. Not to mention the traditional opposition they encounter in many of their families. However, they take risk with their creations and expose themselves to criticism in magazines, blogs or galleries. As Pablo Picasso said; “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Those who lack courage and let fear paralyze them, ignore many opportunities that can lead to success. Courage means trusting oneself and daring with new challenges.