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How survive as artist?

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

This is the main question I ask myself every day.

How can I survive as artist?

It is tough but possible.

First of all you have to be sure about who you are and what you want to do in life or better how life can be used for your own purpose.

I am not talking about how much money you will make or how much famous you will become one day. I am talking about something else, a force inside you, that drives you inside, that push you continuously to go forward and create, sometimes without any reason, sometimes with a reason.

I thought a lot about this.

I struggled to find an answer, that could satisfy me.

Why was I born like this? What is the purpose of my life? What do I enjoy most to do? What my art gives to me? Does it make me happy? Does make other people happy? what do I give to others?

So let's talk about the larger purpose not only in being an artist and surviving as one, but also in using your special creative gifts to somehow benefit others and to increase the greater good.

That's what it's really all about.

Artists possess unique talents and abilities to express emotions, arouse feelings, explore sensitive issues, and make powerful statements with their art.

Through your art, you have the ability not only to beautify and enhance people's lives and surroundings and environments, but also to bring them together, to incite dialogue, to produce work that acts as a bridge between individuals, that paves the way for us to communicate with one another, to open up and share our experiences.

Sure, your art is about you; it represents who you are; it affirms your existence. But at the same time, it's also about relationships and about promoting some sense of unity and understanding among us all.

Think of your art as a discussion starter, as a means of reaching out to other people and affecting their lives, of offering your own unique perspective, of helping others to see things in new and different ways.

Art breaks down barriers. It brings people together.

It gives us permission to reach out to one another and it makes reaching out easier. Art sometimes even allows us to confront or broach difficult or sensitive subjects with total strangers because it's there to break the ice first.

That's what surviving as an artist is really all about-- about making a difference, a contribution that works to everyone's advantage.

Being a successful artist is not only about showing and selling and getting known; it's about understanding your purpose, your calling, and about presenting yourself and your work with unwavering confidence and conviction about who you are and what your art stands for.

Having a firm grasp of why you're in this and what compels you to make art is key.

Combined with a genuine willingness to experiment with new styles, subject matters and techniques, to continually evolve and advance in your practice, and to reach out to others in ever more creative ways -- that is what it means to not only survive, but also to thrive and prosper as an artist.

Impact someone else's life with your art in a meaningful way and not only might you make yourself a sale, but you will also endow the world with just a little tiny bit more good.

That is what drives me.

"I think the primary goal of my pictures is to challenge and inspire myself and to expand my own knowledge of myself and my subconscious mind.

At the same time I am always hopeful that the pictures will have a transforming effect on other people in a positive way. That they become more in touch with themselves and they can find places within their minds that they have never visited before.

A scary process but challenging and exhilarating."

by Loredana Denicola

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