Risks are scary.
Many of us know that deep down inside we have a lot of growing to do.
The seeds of our greatest art business dreams have been planted, but what are we doing to water those seeds and nourish our creativity so we can reap the rewards of a healthy harvest?
Sometimes, we have to buckle down and admit that there is a lot we have to address before our business can take off like a well engineered rocket and chart a slow and steady course to sustainable success.
As a fellow artist, I am always looking for more information about how I can tackle the issues that are keeping me from maximum creativity.
Webinars are great resources for help with common issues artists face when trying to improve the growth of their business. I highly recommend a webinar that has a rather innovative approach to art entrepreneurship, Jennifer Lee’s The Right – Brainers in Business 2014 Video Summit.
What almost stopped me…
This webinar has addressed several issues that I struggled with and that I continue to struggle with from time to time. For instance, I have had to become somewhat of a list maker in order to deal with time management issues that were keeping me from being as productive as I could be. I had to become more disciplined and allot a certain amount of time each day to different parts of my art business. In addition, I had to deal with that evil beast “perfectionism” that has plagued me since childhood. I had to officially kick that pesky joy stealing thief in it’s rear. Occasionally it turns around and kicks me back but heh, I’m working on it.
Whew! It has been a real test psychologically, mentally, and physically! I began to know myself in ways I probably didn’t want to know, but then again, getting out of your comfort zone and admitting that you need help in some areas equals growth.
While I realized that my business like many others was a work-in-progress, I also was inspired to work hard and dream even bigger dreams than before….
So what’s next for my business…..
I plan to seek out new galleries to show my work and expand my visibility on social media and wordpress. Writing about art and all the issues that come with it (emotional, business, creativity, marketing etc.) is one of my greatest joys! In fact, this week I am doing research for my first art book! As I am actively seeking additional information about art business and creativity from various artist webinars, tele-summits etc., I plan to continue to share what I’ve learned and point you to helpful artist resources like this one. This year I want to learn as much as I can about SEO and website design!
What did I take away from this summit?
Jennifer Lee’s interview with Michael Port had a real impact on what I thought about my business and how I approached it. I’ll never forget the one thing that Michael said that literally floored me because it spoke directly to many artists fears of rejection as well as my own. He said, “Don’t pretend that you don’t care about something when you do.” Often when we let an opportunity fly by or we put minimal effort into something because we don’t believe that we are good enough or that we don’t deserve it, we do so because we fear rejection. When you put yourself out there, rejection is inevitable. However, you decide when and if you are going to value yourself and what you do. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said,” The only person your are destined to become… is the person you decide to be.” I also learned that you should never try to be anyone else but yourself. You have your own unique voice, use it. Bring the creativity that you use to make your artwork and apply it to other aspects of your business. Things take time, be patient. In business you will always be learning, adapting and refining in response to the marketplace. Finally, you must understand your personal definition of success. How do you measure it? Your measure of success is the not same as someone else’s measure of success,so why make comparisons . Instead, consider what makes you happy. What makes you feel at peace? How can you reach a point of balance in your business? This will help you to determine what you need as opposed to what you want.
Wish me luck!!!!
So what’s stopping you!
Dare to take the webinar challenge.
Even if you stumble….you won’t regret it.