How to Be an Artist for Life
Robert Genn was asked what his advice would be for someone who wanted to make a decent living as an artist. Here are the ideas he offered as an answer:
- Know that others have gone where you wish to go.
- Put "getting good" ahead of "making a living."
- Learn to be alone and to be your own best critic.
- Cut back on impedimenta and outside distractions.
- Work more hours than the average factory worker.
- Notice interesting directions and go there again.
- Become a perpetual student of your own progress.
- Don't expect too much help from anyone or anything.
- Stick to your vision, but don't fear change.
- Do not be adverse to developing skills.
- Know that raising standards has to be chronic.
- Know that marketing is easier when you have quality
- Be curious about everything, including how you turn out.
- If you fall in love, accept the gift, surrender.
Thriving is all about self-education. 'Go to your room,' is my advice that has had the most significant effect. Funnily, all kinds of would-be lifers somehow neglect to do just that.
I thought I would share these for people who simply want to know how they can become a better artist. Many of the points ring true for me, and also reinforced my own beliefs on the subject.