Who Wants to Interview Me?
I had a fun experience today.
Carrie, a young lady from our local high school,
asked to interview me as part of a project she is doing in order to graduate early.
She wanted to know about being an artist.
We met at the library and for an hour she asked me questions and I tried to explain what I think you need to learn to be an artist.
Of course you need to hone your art skills,
learn your craft,
understand art concepts
and all that sort of thing.
But I also told Carrie that
she needs to understand business.
She needs to understand the internet.
She needs to be comfortable with who she is
and not be afraid to put herself out there.
There's lots to being an artist in the internet age.
Not only do you have to have a handle on the type of art you like and how to make that art,
but you also need to know how to:
promote your work,
understand and use social media,
be able to work alone,
trust your instincts,
work endless hours,
build a website,
take good photographs,
learn to write,
manage your time,
take business courses,
The internet is a great tool that is available to artists,
but it can be
the black hole for time management.
I've met so many great artists,
learned from great artists,
viewed so much beautiful art
because of the internet,
but if you're not careful
it can suck every last minute of time away from
you and your art.
I wish Carrie the best,
regardless of what she pursues in her future.
But she and every other hopeful artist needs to understand,
you work alone,
you practice alone,
you promote alone.
So it's pretty important to like yourself
because you're going to be spending a lot of time
with that person in the mirror.
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