Letter to myself 2021

Letter to myself 2021

Hey, future Picasso! So, you want to dive headfirst into the chaotic, colourful world of art in 2021? Awesome. But let's get one thing straight: making it as an artist today isn't just about splashing paint on a canvas or slinging mud in the air and waiting for the world to notice. It's about embracing your inner entrepreneur, facing some hard truths, and giving yourself the ultimate pep talk. Ready? Let's do this, and remember, once you start, you give it everything you got, and never give up on yourself.                                                                                                            

Art is Tough, But So Are You


First off, let's not sugarcoat it. Art is tough, bloody tough. It's a relentless beast that demands passion constant passion, perseverance, and a dam thick skin. You're going to face lots of rejection, criticism, and moments where you question your sanity and self. And guess what? That's totally okay, its actually awesome, it means you are on the right path. Every masterpiece comes with its share of failed sketches, crumpled drafts and failed vases.


Think Like an Entrepreneur, Not an Artist


Here's the deal: being an artist today means thinking like a businessperson. You can't just be the dreamy creative with a head full of ideas. You've got to be savvy, strategic, plan, change plans and go with what works. Think of yourself as a brand. What makes you unique? What’s your story? How can you be honest, tell your story and market your art in a way that stands out?


Hustle Hard, But Hustle Smart


You know that hustle culture everyone’s talking about? It’s real, and it's relevant. But it's not about working yourself to the bone although you know you probably will. It's about working smart. Network like your career depends on it (because it does). Use social media to showcase your work and don't ever give up. Remember, sharing your story on social is a chance to watch yourself grow, it's not all for clicks. Its a safe space to look back and see how far you have come. Most importantly, keep learning. The art world is always evolving, and so should you.


Embrace the Quirks


Remember when you were a kid and everything was possible? Channel that energy. Embrace your quirks, your weird ideas, your unique perspective and your weird ass self. The art world doesn't need another clone; it needs YOU. So, don’t be afraid to be different. In fact, be so different that people can’t help but take notice. Even if that means people question what you are doing. 


Hard Truths and Honest Moments


Here’s a hard pill to swallow: not everyone is going to love your art. Some might even hate it. And that’s fine. Art is subjective, and what matters most is that you’re true to yourself. Keep pushing, keep creating, and most importantly, keep believing in your vision. If you’re passionate and persistent, success will follow. Follow what you like, your heart and not what's cool. 


Final Thoughts


Starting an art career in 2021 is going to be a wild ride, full of ups, downs, and everything in between. You have a family to support and dream to chase. But if you’re ready to embrace the hustle, think like a businessperson, and stay true to your unique creative voice, you’ve already won half the battle by just starting. So, get on that dam wheel and get spinning. Go make some art that the world can't ignore. You’ve got this! A dream is just a dream until it's reality


See you on the other side

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