So many factors can contribute to your success as an artist but there are three that are absolutely critical:
1. Skill. An artist’s talents are vital. After all, at the end of the day – your craft, your ability – the skill that you have honed – is what defines you as an artist right? Still, your skill alone isn’t a magical golden ticket to success…
2. Hard Work. Hard work is also an important factor in any artist’s career. I don’t care how skillful you are, if you don’t put in the time and effort to make your work then exhibit, sell and promote your work – then your art career might not be as financially rewarding as you hope.
3. Opportunity. So many individuals out there have put in the time, energy, and money into improving their craft. Above and beyond that, they’ve worked hard outside of the studio. Countless hours working to exhibit, sell, and market your work.
Putting in the hours alone won’t amount to much unless opportunity presents itself. Opportunity is the factor that so many artists overlook… or worse, take for granted. Many people tend to fantasize about opportunity. They dream of a “big break”. Winning a big prize, exhibiting at a big venue – breaking into a big market.
But that isn’t the way the world works. Not really. Big opportunities don’t materialize out of thin air. What really happens is that tiny opportunities will come your way. Like snowflakes falling -they won’t all come at once, but these small, inconsequential opportunities will start to present themselves. And if you start saying yes to just a few opportunities – something amazing happens. More opportunities will present themselves.
Say yes to opportunity. And when you say yes – don’t be afraid. Let go of that fear because the opportunity that is presenting itself is something you are capable of. After all, you have the skills it takes. You’re willing to put in the hard work. Say yes to that little opportunity – and believe in yourself. Those few inconsequential snowflakes will accumulate – until they are really something substantial… until you’re looking at a brand new world full of possibilities. Like a landscape coated in a fresh layer of snowfall – one full of amazing possibilities.
Those insignificant opportunities will have become bigger opportunities – and before you know it you’ll be exhibiting at that big venue and getting those write-ups in that big publication. In summary, skill and hard work will help you in your art career… but you can’t downplay opportunity. Especially not the small opportunities in the beginning. Those small opportunities are the paving stones to bigger and better opportunities. Welcome them – say yes to them – and watch your world morph into one full of possibilities.
If you have an opportunity to use your voice/skill you should use it. Samuel L. Jackson
This week I challenge you to accept just one opportunity that comes your way, regardless of how small or unimportant you think it is – or of how big and scary you think it is. Then drop a line in the comment box – share your story with us.