Hello friends and fellow artists,
I am an artist, art teacher and entrepreneur who has spent a good portion of my adult life seeking ways to survive off of my artistic talents. My journey thus far has seen a few successes but also hit a great many bumps and pot holes. I have always worked other jobs to make ends meet and the fear of becoming a “starving artist”, unfortunately, has pushed me into work situations which are unfulfilling and even degrading. This has caused me a lot of stress which is the ultimate killer of creativity. Rather than pushing myself towards a future which would allow me to fulfill my destiny, I have instead accepted jobs which have caused the very opposite effect. I recently realized that this is simply no longer acceptable for me, and I can still choose to change it!
So, I have decided to start a 365 day journey during which I will document my experiences with daily blog posts. This journey will include, amongst other things, daily goal setting. Having goals is like having building blocks. The blocks themselves mean nothing unless you lay them down in a strategic way. Goals mean nothing unless you follow them through. My reasons (explained below) for documenting all of this information are quite simple.
1. To inspire and help others who are in a similar situation.
2. To hold myself accountable for not only setting goals, but, more importantly, seeing them through.
I encourage anyone reading this to do the same in any area of your life that you wish to change. Take massive action! Set goals and hold yourself to them! Tackle your fears head on! Don’t let fear become your enemy. Understand it and work with it. Let it motivate you to step outside of your comfort zone. Do this consistently on a regular basis and I promise you, you will see change in your life. And, if you want, let me know each step of the way how things are progressing. This blog can become an open forum for commentary amongst those who are undergoing similar challenges.
My biggest challenge as an artist is that I am a perfectionist. Some might say that this is a good thing, however, it causes me to work at a slow pace and often delay finishing a project in the fear that it won’t meet my clients expectations.
My challenge on the business end, stems from the fact that I am an introvert. This can inhibit my ability to strike up conversations about my art with potential buyers. The combination of being a perfectionist and an introvert is especially inhibiting when it involves decisions that require immediate action. This includes making phone calls, scheduling public events, approaching potential clients, etc.
I intend to tackle each of my weaknesses with specific goals. I know that it may cause discomfort but that is what will make me grow, not only as an artist, but as a person. So,…my goals for today are the following:
1. Setting up a PayPal on my Instagram account http://www.instagram.com/riverafineartstudios/
2. Contacting a venue to hold a live portrait sketching event.
I will continue to write new blog posts every single day with new challenges, experiences and goals, so please be sure to check back. Let’s go on this journey together!