15 October 2007

Full-time artists: A few harsh quotes

From The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris:

"I can't give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time." --Herbert Bayard Swope, first recipient of the Pulitzer Prize

"Everything popular is wrong." --Oscar Wilde, in The Importance of Being Earnest

From The Dip by Seth Godin:

"Average is for losers." --Seth Godin

Here's another harsh reality from Mr. Godin:

This is what you're up against
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The latter is why I'm totally overhauling what I'm doing as an artist. And, it's why I don't have time for things that (a) aren't achieving my altruistic goals, and (b) suck time from being the very best in my artistic niche.

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Blogger Dindrane said...

Wow. It's amazing how much I need to hear these quotes right now. Trying to make "what will sell" is like trying to predict the preferences of a toddler or the reasons why a cat suddenly jumps and runs off. What you LOVE and want to make is *probably* what will sell.

Or so I hope.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Aisling said...

I agree, enthusiastically!

I believe that some people buy art for what it looks like. (Worst case, the colors match their sofa! *chortle*)

But, I think that most people collect art because of the energy in it.

What you LOVE to make will probably have that energy in it... and that's what will succeed.

If it was just about technical expertise, a whole lot more people would be enormously successful artists.

It's not. Technical expertise may be part of it, and, in my opinion, only a very small part.

What makes art successful--as art and in the marketplace--is the energy in it, and how well it communicates that energy to others.

Do what you love. You have enormous artistic talent and a gift for communicating through that art!

10:59 AM  

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