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January 21


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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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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.
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