Being an artist is not a profession, it is a lifestyle. If you truly wish to be an artist you must set your standards high. Anyone can learn to paint or draw what you do after that is what defines you as an artist. You must learn to be your own worst critic. Never believe what anyone tells you, not even the good stuff. Never forget that it's all about the journey not the destination.
Get a good education. Work really hard.Be earnest ,honest and forthright.Market your ideas immediately.
Seriously, the focus with the profession what was chosen by you and your like. must be certain of that was undergone by you because the life will run smoothly
Be relentless. Perseverance is the key. Do not give up on whatever you choose to do. Always remember that your art is yours. You may do with it whatever you wish. Nobody can tell you how or what art form you should take or do.
Making a living with what you create is hard work. It takes time to develop the skills necessary for your trade, and for people to recognize what you do. You also need a good network that you can build by meeting with artists, galleries and online forums. Slowly build your reputation and it will last.
enjoy the journey,
there is no destination,
it is all about the process of going wherever your creativity takes you :)
Understand that art is a business if you become professional. There is no
room for feeling resentful if you experience lack because you will. This is not
a business that makes you rich in most cases however, it is possible. It is a rewarding, empowering, spiritual adventure that has no bounds. Life and art are an interactive-educational experience.
Just keep doing it. Don't stop. Even if you think your work is terrible, or someone tells you it's terrible, keep doing it anyway. You'll grow, you'll learn, you'll get better. And trust your instincts. Listen to your gut. No one knows you like you do.
Also, I read in the book "The Accidental Masterpiece," by Michael Kimmelman, the artist John Currin recommended every artist have a cheerleader. I think this is crucial. Have someone, or a group of people, in your life who act as your cheerleader/s. Be clear about your needs, so they know they are there to tell you how great you are and how much you rock! It's so important, especially for people who didn't get that kind of support at an early age.
I wouldn't be here if it weren't for the support of my friends in Mother Artists at Work: http://motherartistsatwork.net. I co-founded the group with other local mother artists in 2005, and it's been my lifeline. If you don't have friends or family to cheer you on, join a group -- or start one!
Think you're good
Feel you're good
Act you're good
Learn about the business of being an artist. My experience of art school didn't prepare me for anything besides making art, but there are many records to keep (especially for taxes and itemizations); photos to take to document your work; keeping a record of all sales and mailing list of the people that have bought your work, as well as any that show interest for suture show announcements; scheduling of shows and the entering of show competitions; there's a lot more that I'm not thinking of - but remember, to succeed, it's a business!
Opportunity will come one day, just believe in yourself!
Work, all that matters is work....
It is a long, hard journey, and it is a journey that will never end, so enjoy
each and every step along the way.
Develope your own style. Keep a mailing list. Get exposure when possible. Promote yourself. Research venues.
practice daily. be creative.