Updated: Nov 1, 2019
It’s not easy stepping out of your personal comfort zone in business. Let alone an art business. You put your heart and soul into your work, so when rejection comes, it stings that much more. Putting your art work on display is close to laying naked in front of friends, family, and strangers, and letting them judge your entire being. Everything is there: the good, the bad, the ugly. When someone doesn't like your work, it's like they are rejecting a piece of you.
My biggest struggle is getting out of my own head. I am without a doubt, my worst critic, and my biggest stumbling block to making my dreams a reality. Sad, but true, I know. I’m confident that I’m not the only one with this problem, but in the middle of the fight it can get very lonely. But, with all of that said, I understand that promoting yourself is the only way to grow. #dolladollabillsyall
I’ve decided to take this journey, and as in any journey, you take one step at a time. Every step is another PR getting you closer to your goal. The switch happens when you start to view your own work from a removed standpoint. It's just a product. Yes, it carries emotion, but it's an object to be bought, sold, and viewed. Let it be.
I've been repeating to myself the quote that Picasso said: "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working."
By sitting on my hands, afraid of what others will think will get you absolutely no where. By default you are choosing the comfortable option of staying safe by opting out of the game.
I’m going to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. I'm going to take more chances, and put myself out there more. And guess what...It doesn't have to be perfect. I'm not perfect, and so my art doesn't have to be either. Nor will be my business practices...but I will continue to perfect them as I go. Get it out there, even if it's not perfect, and tweak it along the way. I'm not embarrassed of my mistakes--I learn from them. I'm also going to celebrate every little victory along the way. Sit back, and watch the growth happen #successisnotadestination