Every year as Christmas approaches I like to reflect upon the past year and the things I have learned. One of them is the realization that I enjoy working with artists because we have a lot in common. As an artist you really are an entrepreneur as much as I am. In order to pursue your artistic goals successfully, you have to be relentless: nobody is going to pull the cart for you.
You work hard to convince galleries, collectors and your friends and family of your artistic vision so that they will represent you, buy your work and support you. Taking rejection is hard, particularly from those closest to you, who may want to be supportive but perhaps just don’t know how. It is difficult enough to work towards achieving your artistic vision day in day out but if you constantly feel that you have to defend what you do, it will suck the joy right out of you.
This year I learned how to handle this by rigorously banning negativity out of my life. I realized that if I was going to successfully put all my time and energy into my work, I needed to stop listening to the nay-sayers. Don’t get me wrong, we can all use some constructive criticism from time to time but having a zero tolerance policy on negativity really worked for me. So give yourself a pat on the back, have a wonderful Christmas and keep at it!!