There are many artists in the world today with extraordinary talents however, many of them seldom end up successful in the art industry because they lack the character traits that are needed in order to be successful in this cut-throat yet rewarding industry. Whereas its often argued that anyone as long as they practice can be an artiste even if they lack the talent, not anyone can be successful with or without talent.
This article will look at the 5 traits artists must possess in order for them to be successful in the art industry.
They must be willing to take risks
Successful artists are those who don’t fear taking risks in their work or in getting their work out. The art industry is a cut-throat industry that requires artistes to stand out and this can only be achieved by not conforming to perceived industry standards. An artist must be willing to risk being different and this is what will make them stand out and get their work out.
They must be willing to make mistakes
A person who is willing to make mistakes is a person who is not led by fear. The reality is that fear will prevent many artistes from trying out new things and exploring the extent of their artistic potential and this is one of the factors that make them have mediocre careers. Successful artists are those who will be willing to make mistakes and make use of the lessons from those mistakes to improve their trade.
They must be open to criticism
Any artist who is not open to criticism will never become successful because they will not have an opportunity to grow. In many cases, criticism is what enables artists to grow and improve their work especially if they acknowledge the positive side of the criticism. However, looking at critics simply as detractors will lead an artist to ignore even valuable feedback that will help them improve their work.
They must have a source of motivation
Different artists have different things that motivate their creativity, the common term for it is a muse. Successful artists are able to quickly figure out what motivates their creative juices and ensures that they have their source of motivation close by and this is how they are able to consistently produce good work.
They must be ambitious
For an artiste to be successful, they must be willing to resist mediocrity and instead focus on ambition. They must set very high goals that will push them to work harder and find creative ways to get their work out so that it can be appreciated.
At the end of the day, it’s important for artists to know that many others have skills just like them or even better than them therefore to be successful they will need more than just skill. A mastery of the 5 traits above will put any artist a couple of steps above from the rest.
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