You're Not a REAL Artist if..... (Don't @ Me)

by Bear Elle

Gotcha! You're an artist if you say you are. You make the rules here. 

But here are some artist stereotypes and myths and why I no longer buy into any of them.

  1. We tend to be more successful after we die. I feel like we can pretty easily debunk this one in today’s society. When you can become a millionaire making videos putting rubber bands around various items till they explode, I think we can assume that a painter, a musician, a sculptor or any other artist of any type can make however much they desire with the right amount of work and focus.
  2. We have to be depressed to make great art. I fucking hate this one. When I was at my lowest, I thought I wasn’t even creative. My art was a cry for help. It was dark and came from a place of emptiness. Of course that doesn’t make it any less valid, but the happier I’ve become the better my art has become, the more successful I’ve been able to be in my life. 
  3. We need some sort of specific approval to be successful. We need a gallery or an agent or a mentor. Like hell we do. We need people to see us. We need people to resonate with our message, but it hardly matters what people. I made it to where I am today just by talking to people. I can’t really name drop, but I don’t need to. They are my people and that’s all I need. I can grow that as I see fit and if someone doesn’t want to be a part of that, regardless of status, that’s fine. They don’t have to, there are so many more people. The right ones will come along if you keep at it.
  4. Talent is enough. People are often discouraged because they post this incredible piece of art that is a photo-real painting or drawing or what have you and no one is denying the quality, but talent alone will only take you so far. People have to care about you. You can get further with half the talent if you have twice the drive and you can make people care. You can sell water to fish if they care about you.
  5. We need the best materials to be a good artist. Being an artist is something that is in your soul. It’s a desire to create. It hardly matters if you paint rocks with paint pens or make tapestries. Your medium doesn’t define you as an artist. If you are one then you are one. Materials can be fun and great but they are hardly necessary. 

There really are no rules to being an artist. There is no right or wrong way to go about it. Be true to yourself, trust your instincts and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. They are either scared or jealous. 

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Radiate love my darlings.