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The Artist’s Spirit: Starting Out – Part 2 – The Desire

Posted by Kyle Design on March 22, 2007

So, you want to be an artist. How do you know you have what it takes to make a career of it? This is the second in a series about what it takes to survive by a woman who has so far managed to make a living as an artist for 25 years.

The Desire – You have to really want to be a professional artist. It is one thing to love being creative, quite another to make it your job. If turning it into something you have to do kills it for you, then maybe it is better to just let it be a vocation. I once heard it described this way: if you would rather work than eat, then you are definitely doing something you love. That’s an example of the amount of desire it takes to survive in this field. It is not easy. Let me repeat. It is not easy. Heart Chewing Gum Holder or Toothpick CaseYou need to have the level of commitment that will get you up early every morning or that allows you to work late (lark vs. night owl – whichever suits your disposition). And that’s how it is for me (a lark). Having to stop and eat is a bother, something I’d rather not to but have no choice. (My doctor insists that I don’t skip meals any more as it is not good for my cholesterol levels!) Not only must you competently run a business on a day-to-day basis, but you must also invent the product, figure out how to produce it for a reasonable price and adapt to changing styles. And, oh man, change they do.

Lest it sound all negative, let me say that it is fun! There is always a lot going on and hardly a dull moment. You have to be a jack of all trades (and still a master of one, namely design) to survive. Yes, yes, take those art classes and see what appeals to you, but be sure to take business classes, too!

Bottom line, it is a business. If you don’t run it that way, you better like heartache! Start with the idea that you want to make a living and make your choices based on that. Trust me, you’ll be much happier in the long run.

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