There is so much more than just what you see… Recently, I got the comment that I’ve received so many times over the last 14 years… ” you’re just an artist! ”
When people see creative minds, they tend to box them into their appropriate categories: artist, musician, speaker, film producer etc.
I have my response to the statement “you’re just an artist” saved in a word document, so I can just copy and paste it to the relevant person. ” Thank you very kindly for your affirmation of my skill. However, if you understood the artistic mind, you would understand that we are so
much more… An artist, designer, teacher, musician, short film producer, director, camera man, narrator, editor, blogger, copy writer, public speaker, researcher, sales man, friend, listening ear, market researcher…” you get the idea as the list goes on.
I love the quote by Wallace Shawn “We are not what we seem. We are more than what we seem. The actor knows that. And because the actor knows that hidden inside himself there’s a wizard and a king, he also knows that when he’s playing himself in his daily life, he’s playing a part, he’s performing, just as he’s performing when he plays a part on stage.”
Rarely do people think, this person is capable of being one thing on the surface but so much more underneath. The harsh realities are, many people who judge artistic minds the most, are people who have no idea what they are talking about worse think they know it all when they know very little. They haven’t eaten, breathed and slept this business for countless years. They haven’t gone through the blood, sweat and tears of countless attempts to make it and countless knock backs. They don’t know the heartache and sacrifice that we make ever single day to create work that our audience will love.
Like many people who are self-employed, we are so much more than what we appear to be. To be a success in today’s market, we have to be.
That’s what got me thinking about the image above. In the ‘wonderful’ world of business, to be successful you have to be willing to take knock backs, people booking art classes then, not turning up, or even bothering to tell you that they are not turning up. Unexpected events to occur, rude and aggressive behaviour from
people who don’t get their own way and despite all of that, be willing not to give up.
The greatest teachers are those who have gone through it all and are still going. It is important not to quit when you’re having a bad year or season. Out of the 20,000 businesses that begin each year, only a fraction is still around in year 5 of trading.
The 3% of people who don’t give up on their dreams, usually employ the 97% of the population who did. Scary figures huh?
So, what drives us to keep going? We’ll speaking personally, I’d rather be my own boss and try to create and live my dreams rather than be bossed about by someone else who wants me to make their dreams a reality. I love seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they receive a piece of art that they have commissioned or see an art show that we put together and the excitement that fill up with as they walk through the doors.
I encourage you to go forward today with confidence that you are here for a reason and a purpose. You are here to make a difference. Knowing that only you can do what you do in the exact way that you’d do it. I hear all the time ” but someone else can do it too… ” this is true and if you don’t do what you’re put here on earth to do then someone else will.
The photos in todays blog are just some of who I am… What do your photos say about you?
Have a great day and live with passion.
Wallace shawn quote from https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/wallace_shawn_508142