Interview with Aletta de Wal from ArtistCareerTraining.com
Millionaire artists are exceptional. It takes years of hard work along with an astute business mind. What made these artists successful has also attracted detractors, many of whom deride their work as being too “commercial” or their larger than life presence as “ego-driven.”
Celebrity artists are talented creators and astute business people who realize that marketing and having others help them are the way to leverage their talents. Whether or not you share these opinions, there is no denying that these artists have what many artists want—fame, fortune and followers.
You are the only one in charge of your motivation. Whatever it takes to motivate you, make it a habit and keep moving forward. Creativity can run out. You need to be able to motivate yourself even when you are tired, uninspired or mired in stuff to do that has nothing to do with art.
We all have days when things don’t work as well as on other days. Fussing tends to make things worse though, so make space for better thoughts by doing some of the following:
~ Affirmations—Make positive statements of intent or accomplishments that you repeat often. Make sure that they are emotionally true and that you actually believe they are possible. Use these “mantras” when self-doubt creeps in. If you establish this habit, it makes it harder for doubt to take hold.
~ Meditations and/or prayers—Meditate daily to clear your mind of day-to-day distractions and build a clear space for your creativity to flourish. If you are religious, pray for guidance from the higher power you believe in.
If you keep doing what you have always done, you will get what you have always gotten.
Looking at your flaws is humbling—and good practice. The first time I was able to look at a piece and say “Wow, that is really awful!” it was a freeing moment because I realized that I was developing a critical eye for my own work. In that particular case, I threw it in the trash. In later cases, I looked to see if there was anything I could do to save the piece. If there was, I tried it. After all, there was nothing to lose. In some cases, I was able to discover a whole new technique. Your attitude doesn’t cost time, money or energy, is entirely in your control, so turn it on and use it in your favor.