Topic 2 Ways to build and increase our self-confidence as artists

  • Embrace “Failure”

Every experience should be viewed as a learning experience, no matter the outcome. This includes the experiences that we deem as “failures”. We grow artistically through every experience. We must learn what doesn’t work before we can apply what we know will work. So, each time we “fail”, we grow.

  • Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

While it’s perfectly acceptable to be influenced by other artists, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that you are not them. If you start to compare yourself to others, you quickly forfeit your unique artistic identity. As individuals we should embrace our differences. As artists, we should do the same.

  • Overcome the Impostor Syndrome

Quite a few artists are going through imposter syndrome. They have difficulty marketing and selling their artwork and feel inadequate. I suggest artists recognize that no one knows their artwork as well as they do. Artists often forget that. Give yourself permission to be the expert. No one knows your artwork better than you do. 

  • Become a Lifelong Learner

It’s important to constantly educate yourself and think about your artwork and artist statement.

Think about why your art matters and why people should care. Meditate on that and understand your own work. Put your ideas together in a way you can express them to others. And, learn as much as you can when it comes to sales and marketing. You have to continuously learn and pursue professional development opportunities. Knowing how to verbalize your art when you deal with sales and marketing will only help you.

Strive to become a lifelong learner and celebrate that.