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This last 6 months saw the turn around of all the people in my life (as in everyone) asking me to quit art and focus on something else. I no longer receive constant suggestions of other careers that I should pursue. I'm sure many of you have had awkward conversations with strangers or elderly people about your desire to become an artist. I had one today (she told me art was not a feasible career). Only now my belief in myself is at 100% so that person walked away believing in me as well.

I could go on about my personal journey and about how butthurt I was that people weren't acknowledging the work that I was doing; the sacrifice that I was making, but most of you can relate as well. I actually developed quite an ego. A feeling that I was better than all of them, and that they were just ignorant assholes. Was that productive? I'm not sure. Would it be productive now that I'm entering galleries and doing shows (schedule coming soon)? FUCK NO!

Ultimately one of the best things I heard as a budding artist was that nobody believed in 'X' professional artist until they had made it. If nobody believes in you, understand that that's the norm. The more you believe in yourself, without being negative about it, the more other people are inclined to believe in you as well.

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PeaceKeeperd Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I believe the first part of the statement is false.  My philosophy is as follows:

Though it may seem to you that no one believes in you, there is always, in truth, someone that does.

I know the feeling, when no one seemed to back you up, to believe in you, to love what you do.  But, the fact of the matter is, there is always someone that does.  You are not alone.  You are never alone.  As a beginning writer, I knew, at first, I would have no one but myself to write to and to ask for feedback.  I knew that a lot of people wouldn't share my interests and most of the time it was true.  But, I was fortunate to find a large handful of people that did believe in my work and backed me up all the way through.  :)  

You're not alone.  No one is ever alone.  
mudmann Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Well said man! Thanks for sharing this with anyone who views your profile here. Encouraging for sure! It's been a while since visiting here, but I always enjoy my time here. 
MarvinDeFeo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
true story
darkvoid16 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
WolfPrincess94 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate it when people, especially complete strangers, try to break your dreams. What say do they have in what you do for a living? 
Xeirla Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 I experienced something like this not too long ago as well. Good advice :)
JWD-Enlightenment Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is great advice, I'll keep it close. Thank you.
FilFortress Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Soothing words for every artist. Thank you for your creative expression. I found relief in your words! Cheers!
alisoncor40 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never give up, if you truly love what you do, you should pursue it.
Creativeness Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014   General Artist
What business is it of others to tell You what it is important that You do. You need to carry on, on your own path. I think ultimately the resistance from others is just a test of your own will and desire.
You clealy now know what You want.
Carry on.
funlittlestuff Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you are inspirational:heart: thank you
knowguud Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
i am a chef by trade, however for the last three years i've been focusing on my art again, and the amount of negative feedback from friends and family would drive a lesser man to madness, but i always remember a saying that my uncle would throw at me everytime i spoke of giving up the art. " there are no good or bad choices. just more choices or less choices, and in the end it doesn't matter because it's the fucking end. it don't fuckin matter when you're dead so do what makes you happy while you're get outta here you, i'm still not sure your even my nephew!" nuff said do wat makes you happy.
Black-Battlecat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I so need to send this to a art friend of mine that's been kicks about lately and feels like giving it all up. Well stated.
pikeyPIE Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
artlover2289 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student General Artist
vary beautifully put.
KimSaraongArt Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well that just made me want to try even harder.... Thank you~
Love your art too!
PunchItInDaFace Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
I know what you should do! Become a artis.... oh wait. never mind.
CapturedImageDesign Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Fantastic images .... I'm one of those elderly folks ... creating is better than eating ... Do it now and with enthusiasm ... That is what life is .... do what you need to do ... Your style is so clever and cool(sorry that's an old folks term) ........
DoodleForFood Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student General Artist
This is a great post with a great message. Well said.
KitCat148 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That is SO True!
fantasticdevonator Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anyone who says art isn't a feasible career has no idea what they are talking about. Look around you. Everything is a piece of art. It took an artist to come up with those t-shirt logos all around, or commercials, or special effects, houses, everything. Even something as simple as a plastic spoon because somebody took time in designing it, and was paid for it. Art careers are everywhere and it disturbs me when people say being an artist leads to nowhere. Good job in believing in yourself and not giving up! It's something many can't accomplish with all the negativity they receive. I like that this post has spread and gained 300+ comments! Keep up your good work. (Oh, and your art is awesome ;D The anatomy is flawless)
wAHwAHwA Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
keep on truckin' important part of life 
LuxCompagno Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Faved and watching you because of this.  Congrats on the galleries and break a leg on the shows :clap:  :worship:  
ShikariSPEEDER Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well i believe in you my friend never give up what you love to create keep drawing and dont stop /)
kilo91 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
you're a great coach human architect ! this article is so true, and is very inspiring for me. thank you ;)
EFBytes Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student General Artist
This really made my day. Wow (':
zerelin Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Best Advice I heard all day.
zetayoru Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I just love this so much. :)
Mythspinner-Studios Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
I give this advice to people constantly. Now I can link it as well. Well said, and keep up the good work!
8Lalique8 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so thankful to read this. This message is right on time for where I am in my life. Wow. Thank you for posting this. :)
2snails1shell Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your positive self-awareness is a beautiful thing to witness! Bravo, bro! And thank you for sharing. This entry will inspire and influence many future artists to become their best throughout adversities and conflicting views of "what is right for them", according to others. :happybounce: Kirk & Kiki :hug:
jpleak Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well said. Making art is what we do and we can't be stopped! Keep pushing forward. Only good things can happen!
killyclogher Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Photographer
Great advice. Good for me.
TheGreatCharcoal Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
I feel sorry that nobody pushes you toward doing what you love. My experience is the opposite really. My family keeps pushing me to do more art but I just don't have the time now that I finished college and have a full time job and son. I manage to do a drawing maybe once or twice a year, and its usually as a gift to someone else. Now that I draw a lot less than I used to, I don't really enjoy it anymore which makes me really sad because it used to be my favorite past time and I definitely remember the feeling I used to feel while drawing. I really do hope you never give up no matter what others say because I would hate for your life to take over and you lose your complete love of drawing as I did.
acaua Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Photographer
It's a career just like any other; You'll need to study a lot, practice a lot and understand the market. Sound familiar? There are really few things that "you can do it" fit, like become a F1 pilot, which I believe is not your case. Of course you should pay attention to the other as a sign of what to do, but take easy with the anxiety and expectations. We need to filter criticism in a constructively way, taking only what helps (which means simply ignores them sometimes), and be conscious with the compliments using as fuel for work, not for the ego. Keep your head healthy and trained about those things. I think you still can improve your colour paint, but you're definitely not a hobbyist, and have an interesting style.
Jones996 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Sometimes it may seem like people believe in you... Trust me... They don't!!! They're just saying that to make you feel good...(not that its a bad thing).. But then they'll find a way to use that confidence/belief in your self,against you!!! There's people who'll bring you down... And if they do... You'll be saying to yourself "I can't do this..."



At some point in my life,people might have told me... "You'll never get to high school!! You'll never be a (whatever I wanna be)!!!

I hope that those people get hit by a freight train as it plows right through their house!!!

(of course I don't really want that to happen to them...yet..XD!!! But seriously I son't want that to happen to them at all)

point is... Always believe in yourselves...and don't let other people get in the way of that!!!
DesirePassion Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Thank you for sharing your experience. You are so right. You're the one who has to live with yourself so if you don't believe you. People these days are too focused on what makes the most money. Yes being financially secure is essential but doing what you love is...
spiral-ilusion Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ill never drop art< even if i take up a career that has nothing to do whith art. my art will never leave me. its a part of me.
motleydragonfly Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
I know that art can be a viable career, but I wish it were easier to know how to make it one. I'm really struggling to figure out how to make ends meet over the next year- I'd love for art to be the answer, but I just don't know how to do it. :/ Most of the people I know who've made art a career had to have "main" job for years before they could break through, so I know that getting another job doesn't mean giving up on art.
h1v0ltag3 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know exactly what you mean, about people trying to disuade one from an artistic career. Unless you're super sure of yourself it can be deeply discouraging, especially when you're starting out and you work isn't... that great. I wish they wouldnt:( (Sad) :( (Sad) 
PrincessCitCat Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What idiots. Art isn't a proper career my arse. What about da Vinci and van Gogh? Were their's not brilliant minds?
motleydragonfly Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
To be fair, van Gogh spent his life in poverty and ultimately killed himself. If that was what a career in art promised, I can understand people wanting to discourage their loved ones from it.
PrincessCitCat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Truuuuue, but he had some mental stuff as well. And he was in Dr Who, which makes him awesome
imaginary-mouse Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank u for sharing and best of luck to u :3
Mamushi-sensei Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Couldn't agree more. I'm personally dealing with this sort of thing right now. Mostly with just family members, particularly the father figure. But that's happened with everything I do. Paleontology isnt good enough, art isn't good enough, the piano isn't good enough, the violin isn't good enough. Well fuck.. :I I still work on them all and damn it I'm at least decent. XD And it's all I do! Love this entree. :) It's very inspiring.
Mr-Toontastic Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
To quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," *ahem* "To be great is to be misunderstood."
XxMayukoxX Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Very wise words, I'm sorry that you have to go through this, you're not the only one here so don't worry. And yes, persuing your heart and believing yourself is very important :)
ACE-Mat Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great message, glad things are going well for you.
PineRain Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very encouraging! I've been fighting doubts my whole life... Only recently am I coming to understand what you've explained here. I think it's a great message to share.
Mr-Markimus Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Love this glad to hear things have turned round for you. :) :) 
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