How do you know what you don’t know?
Too many of us hold unexamined, internalized definitions of what it means to make art and be an artist.
And to make matters worse, it is often the case these subconscious beliefs about our art are negative and critical.
Just recently I was in an artist room on Clubhouse where artists were sharing different parts of their journey and asking for support. This one artist (whose art is truly awesome by the by) came on and shared his fears about dipping his toes into the art world; in his community and amongst his peers, he is the only artist he knows.
As we learned more about his work, it was clear he was already doing the work and even living wholly from the sale of his art! Despite this, he still felt unqualified, inexperienced.
He opened up and shared he “only” had a GED. It’s as if these things made him feel like he wasn’t qualified to do the work he was doing, but also made him feel intimidated at the thought of applying to something like an artist grant.
EVERYONE is capable of this with the right help and support. (Not to mention being an artist has NOTHING to do with the certificates attached to your name.)
But it also reminded me that it doesn’t matter where we are in our art journey, or even if we are selling our art successfully, imposter syndrome is a real thing.
There is one situation where I think we can be the worst. (I touch upon it above).
It’s about numbers, math and money.
In this chat I talk about money mindset and offer some tips on understanding budgets when it comes to grants.
What is your biggest takeaway from today’s conversation? Tell me more in the comments below.