Hopefully you enjoy what you are doing enough to know that it’s really about the journey, and art licensing is a journey, than it is about running. Idealizing others while ignoring your own talent and virtues is self-destructive. It hurts your self-esteem and that hurts your ability to travel your own path.
Art licensing is a journey and I often hear this: I feel as though I’m so behind. Behind what? Behind who? Stop comparing your path to others and running to be FIRST? What? There is no first. There is no top. It is simply YOU on your path doing your very best.
Comparing and competing takes energy that you can be using for your art and other expression. It’s an energy drainer and a waste of time. Most environments are manufactured, i.e. Facebook, and there is a lot of high level social anxiety. The impact of that will tear you off your path.
Imagine you see a beautiful trail while you are on you own – yours is just as beautiful; however, now you have lost time, effort and while you think it’s better “there” you are simply comparing yourself to an ideal that “appears” to be coveted by other artists, society and the media…it’s just not true.
For the most part people work hard to get to where they are. Honor them but leave them be where they are. There are others looking at you the same way. It happens all the time.
Celebrate the journey and understand that everyone – each artist – has their time, including you. Look at your achievements rather than comparing. You don’t know what you don’t know.
So you entered a contest participated in the challenge. You weren’t chosen…so what? Put your big girl panties on and honor the fact that you showed and played full out. Read between the lines of your creative life and see all the great things you have done.
SUPPORT OTHERS. We all have our successes and that isn’t necessarily 300,000 followers or a ton of cash. Of course I would like a ton or two, who wouldn’t. She giggles. The point here is that this is more than popularity and money in this game or any game and life is a game.
You may not have the art licensing contract you want yet. Keep at it, re-group, re-access, ask questions, be kind, support others and be kind to YOU.
Make choices that YOU want, not that you believe other think you SHOULD be making. Nurture yourself and be authentic. Produce value in whatever you do. When you are steadfast in WHO YOU ARE the path will be easier.
Challenges will always arise but it’s how we react/respond/cope with them that matters. Therein lies the true answer of who YOU are.
Join me on November 1, 2016 for “Be Who YOU Are Creative Mindset Series™”. I invite you to open your heart and clear your mind and create a clearer path for where it is you want to take your art. Whether it’s art licensing or other creative venues, it will not be a business until you clear out the chatter so YOU don’t feel as though you are behind anyone or anything.
If you want to grow, learn, meet new people stay tuned for this series. In the meantime, have a great day and know that YOU will get to your place.
The idea of feedback is to know what people see from their side of you and your work. While feedback is sometimes comes in the wrappings of rejection, it is nothing more than feedback.
Whether you are in art licensing or another creative industry receiving honest constructive feedback is an education for free.
Using myself as an example, I have been toying with logos and colors and other website and online matters publicly and the feedback is great.
It helps you learn your audience, the taste of others and how well you are representing yourself.
So if you are getting "feedback" it's a good thing even if the feedback isn't what you would like to hear.
Create a creative mindset and be certain to listen to all of it, use what you can and move on.
ART LICENSING FROM my PERSPECTIVE