I believe that the word ART is a lot like the word LOVE.
Both of these terms are verbs - cleverly disguised as nouns. In fact, if more people saw those words as verbs and put them in action, the world might be a happier and more beautiful place.
But the word ARTIST is a tricky one. It's got a lot of baggage attached to it.
When I was meeting with bankers and venture capitalists to raise money to build The Working Artist online business school, most of them just laughed at me. Then they'd set down their cigar, lean forward and say one of the following:
"Artists don't have any money!"
"Artists are unreliable, you'd be crazy to work with them!"
"You should get a real job!"
You see, much of the outside world still views artists as hard-drinking, lazy, crazy people who'd rather cut off an ear than get a "proper" job. They don't see the amount of work artists invest in their craft nor the genuine sacrifices made.
And to be honest, artists themselves aren't much better when it comes to self-esteem.
Many talented, hard-working artists don't believe that they deserve to even be called ARTIST. Others think that no one should be called an ARTIST until after they die.
It drives me nuts! Why do we give someone else the power to call us what we are?
I am a Working Artist.
And you can be too. If you do the work.
I've now shown you three videos about how to deal with the challenges that all artists face
Today I'm sharing one more video. It's about you deciding whether you are going to continue to struggle or if you're ready to up your game?
In this video I'll share details about The Working Artist online master class. It's a 4-week program that teaches strategic and professional business practices to ARTISTS who ultimately want their work to be valued, respected, and sold.
You'll have access to me, a community of supportive artists, and oodles of information and inspiration to get you going to where you want to go.
Don't wait for the world to discover you. Show it who you are.