How To Be A Successful Artist


by Stephanie Koenig May 14, 2016

How To Be A Successful Artist

There is no one way to become a successful artist, but there are a lot of ways to NOT become a successful artist. I will let you know exactly what not to do. Real life advice from a real artist. Lets begin. Here are ten steps to become a successful artist. 

1.) Become self-deprecating

Maybe the idea of the struggling, suicidal artist is romantic at best but it's time we artists become proud of who we are. Without art the earth is just "eh." Without emotions, spontaneity, different perspective, and all things right brained the logical mind would take over and life would become boring and repetitive. Own your eccentric nature. Cherish your insanity. It makes you so beautiful. Everyone will probably tell you that you can't make it and this might make you want to quit but at the end of the day, if your not willing to risk it all to pursue the life of your dreams, then the art world is not for you. 

2.) Listen to what other people say

Everyone growing up told me I could never be an artist because artists don't make enough money. Maybe in the year 1400 this was true but its 2016 baby. We have the internet, we have licensing, we have print on demand services, we can build our own websites! It's amazing! There are so many options for artists. So whoever says this to you, just see them as misinformed and tell them that maybe they should learn what the internet is.

3.) Become a perfectionist

I know that the curse of perfectionism can be a gift as well as a curse but at some point you need to let it go. Your art will never be perfect! It's not because you are not talented( which I'm sure your brilliant) it's because whenever you set a standard for yourself to achieve, there is another one waiting for you after you finish the last. Art is about making mistakes and turning them into birds. It's about making mistakes a part of the creation. Let go and become a wild perfection.

4.) Never do anything out of the ordinary

To become a successful artist, you need to feed your art brain. Your art brain thrives on spontaneity and new experiences and it dies with monotony. You need to water your senses. I am defiantly not inspired 24/7. Joy and tears have been the power food for my art brain. I find that in the process of letting go, my art flows the best. Inspiration finds it's roots best in the ponds of a relaxed mind so do what you can to become happy, or at least content. 

5.)  Believe that college is the only way you will be successful

Art college is probably great if you have the money or if your not sure what you want to do. It could be helpful in finding connections. However, attending art college is NOT a measure of the amount of success you will have. To this day I cannot believe that they don't offer advice on how to become successful and how to market your art. It's the #1 most important thing to understand yet it is not taught. It blows my mind really. So I guess that is another thing you should understand.

6.) Don't work on marketing your art because art sells itself

 Hmm k... you need to learn how to market your art. That's a given. This isn't taught to you in school so you either need to A.) Read about marketing or B.) hire someone to market your art for you. There is no getting around this. The internet is too large, there is too much competition to not learn marketing skills. It's going to cost money but if you stick with it, it will pay off in the end. 

7.) Believe that other artists have nothing to teach you

I can't count the amount of artists I get inspiration from. There is a saying that all artists steal and this is true. We might make our own variations of an idea but every artist you will ever know has stolen a sketch, and idea, and molded it to fit their own unique expression. Look at other artists. Get inspired. You will never be exactly like them so don't worry about copying. A true artist would get extremely bored with that anyways. 

8.) Give up after a year or two , or three, or four. 

 Sorry to burst your bubble but unless your a child prodigy, becoming an artist and making a living doing it is going to take time. It might take ten years. It might take more. It depends on you and what your willing to put into it. Don't ever give up. The world needs your perspective. 

9.) Don't work with other companies because you don't need them

 Look into licensing your artwork. It's a great way to market your art and make some money at the same time. Find companies you like and ask if they are looking for new work. 

10.) Believe that there is nothing left to learn 

 There is always more to learn. Never stop seeking, never stop improving. Even when you think you know it all and your stuck in despair, believe me, there are people who know more than you about art and they are out there to help you. Go find them. 

 







Stephanie Koenig
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