Being an artist is a great career to have. You get to be creative, work to your own schedule and, hopefully, earn yourself a very good living. Like with a lot of creative careers, if you want to become an artist, you can’t just one day decide to be an artist and start earning a living; to get to the stage where you’re earning a good amount of money, it usually takes a lot of time, a lot of talent and a bit of luck. Being an artist isn’t suited for everyone. Here are seven simple questions you should ask yourself before becoming an artist.
1. Am I good at it?
Of course art is subjective: someone might think a painting’s great, another person might think the same painting’s not so great. If you want to be an artist, you have to have some level of skill at it. Some people are naturally gifted and take to art straight away, while others have the potential to be good, but they just need time to develop their skills. That’s why things like art schools and art classes are great. If you want to become an artist but you’re not sure whether you’re good enough, join a class and hone your skills.
2. Am I dedicated enough?
It can take a lot of time and effort not only to build up your skills, but to also establish your brand. If you want to be an artist you have to be dedicated, whether you’re aiming to be a part-time artist or a full-time artist. This is something that you have work on yourself. You have to be responsible for developing your skills and using them to the best of your abilities to create works of art that will sell. You also have to keep pushing yourself to get your works noticed by people. For most people it’s an uphill struggle. Many people have the potential to succeed but are let down by their lack of determination.
3. Do I know what kind of artist I want to be?
It’s important for you to find your niche. From a business perspective, it’s important to find a USP and make the most of it. If you have an idea of what sort of an artist you want to be, you’re already well on your way to developing your USP. These days there are so many people vying for attention and customers that it can be hard to get noticed and attract customers. You need to stand out from the crowd and offer something the others don’t.
4. Am I prepared for setbacks?
There’s no guarantee you’ll ever succeed. If you do succeed, it might take a year or it might take ten. You’re bound to have setbacks along the way, but it’s important not to let them stop you from trying. If you’ve been working for ages on a painting and it doesn’t sell, should you give up on becoming an artist? No. You should keep on trying. Your first painting might not necessarily kick-start your career. You never know when your career’s going to properly start. Keep on trying and it will start sooner or later.
5. Can I be confident with something I’ve created?
As an artist you’re creating wonderful works of art and hoping to sell them. It’s very important that you have confidence in yourself as an artist so you can confidently present your works to the public. It often happens that people become shy or embarrassed about sharing something they’ve created, no matter how good it is. They also might want to keep something to themselves because they think it isn’t good enough for other people to see. To put it simply, you aren’t going to get anywhere as an artist if you can’t bring yourself to share your work with others. You have to learn how to appreciate your work. There’s nothing wrong with being proud of something you’ve created.
6. Do I enjoy creating art?
This is the most important question you should ask yourself because there’s no point embarking on a career as an artist if you don’t enjoy creating art. One of the things you need to succeed is a passion for your work, and you aren’t going to have that to push you further if you don’t like creating art. If you find it hard to get creative because you don’t enjoy it, being an artist probably isn’t for you. If you look forward to your time ‘in the zone’ working on your next creative project and you’re always bursting with ideas about new projects, you have the right approach. To put it simply, if you love what you do, there’s no telling how far you can go with it.