The Five Best Things an Artist Can Do

The Five Best Things an Artist Can Do

Good morning, Rebels, and welcome back to my life.

I’m an artist, and you might be, too. And you might entertain ideas of making a living from your art.

But that can be really hard to do. It’s hard to manage yourself as a business and finding an audience gets more difficult every day.

But there’s one problem that can trump all other problems when it comes to making a living as an artist—and that’s failing at the art itself.

Most of the time, though, “failing” in our art isn’t as simple as writing a bad book or painting a bad painting or whatever.

There’s a few common reasons for why we fail, and here’s how to fix five of them.

1. MAKE TIME FOR YOUR ART

This is a pretty big one. If you don’t do what you want to do every single day, you probably won’t ever end up doing it for a living.

Jimi Hendrix played guitar for several hours every day. Stephen King reads and writes four to six hours every day.

I’ve said it before often on this channel: if you want to write a book, then write one. Work on it every single day.

If you leave off for a week, or two weeks, or several months, your mental muscles get flabby, and it’s harder to get back into it.

If you want to do art, do it every day.

2. LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR ART

If you’re not learning about the state of your art as it exists today, it will take you a really long time to get better at it.

Fortunately there are learning resources out there for EVERY art form, from writing to painting to filmmaking.

Sometimes you can find really good classes in your area, and if they ARE good classes, you should do that if you can.

Now, classes can be expensive, or there might not be any near you, but fear not! In the Internet age, there are more free ways to learn about things than ever before in human history.

Listen to podcasts, read about your art form online, and watch YouTube videos. Which leads us very nicely into:

3. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN YOUR ART FORM

You have GOT to actively be an audience member of the art form you practice.

That means if you’re a writer, read. A lot. All the time. As much as you can. If you’re a filmmaker, watch movies. If you’re a YouTuber, watch other YouTubers.

And while you’re doing all that, you’re probably well on your way to the next step, which is:

4. SPEND TIME WITH OTHER ARTISTS

If you know ANYTHING about YouTube, you know that the most successful YouTubers are the ones who spend the most time with other YouTubers.

Whether they collaborate on videos or just hang out, spending time with someone else who’s trying to do the same thing you’re doing is essential.

But that’s not JUST a YouTube thing. Whatever your art is, you’ve got to find other people who do the same thing and hang out with them.

It can be hard to find good people to hang out with in your area, but again, the Internet is here to save the day.

Your hangout time can be online. Join a Facebook group or a Google+ Community.

Find any online home where you can regularly chat with other people who do what you do.

But while you do this, be very careful of the last one:

5. CUT NEGATIVE INFLUENCE FROM YOUR LIFE

This is the most important one on the list because failing this step will render all the other ones moot.

Negative people and people who tear down your art are toxic. You are extremely unlikely to succeed with them around, and if you do manage it they’ll usually try even harder to rip you apart.

This doesn’t mean ignore all criticism, I’m talking about really negative people. People who tell you to quit, that you’re no good, that you’ll never succeed at what you’re doing.

If such people exist around you, you probably already know who they are.

These people can be hard to deal with if, say, the person is your parent and you’re still in high school.

That’s a big topic in and of itself, so I’ll try to do a separate video on that. But in general, try to escape the influence of anyone who continually acts negatively about everything you do.

That’s my best advice, Rebels—what are your most important pieces of advice for other artists? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for watching, and I will see you tomorrow (when Mystic comes out! Yay!). Byyye.

 

Garrett Robinson

Over 100,000 readers have read and loved Garrett's books, like the fantasy hits Nightblade and Midrealm. He's also a film festival favorite with movies like Unsaid, and a tech guru who posts lots of helpful how-tos for writers and filmmakers over at garrettbrobinson.com.

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