Building confidence in your abilities as an artist takes time and patience, but it’s a vital part of running a successful art business. If you constantly tell yourself you’re not good enough, and talk yourself out of opportunities because you don’t feel confident enough, you’re going to miss out on wonderful adventures.
Here are a few TIPS for all you artists out there hiding behind your laptop in your studios!
Start your day by writing a list of things to do that day. The first thing on your list should be time spent enjoying your art—whether that is working on a new piece or practicing techniques. Regular, daily practice will help you feel more comfortable and confident in your level of skill.
Next, plan an activity that makes you a little nervous, such as ringing the local gallery about a having an exhibition or submitting your artwork to a juried show. Choose one nerve-racking activity every day. FORCE YOURSELF TO DO SOMETHING UNCOMFY, GO TO AN EVENT, EVEN IF YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT (often times by the time you get there, you will smile and be happy you went).
If you’re constantly comparing your work to other artists, you’re always going to find faults. Remember that you a NOT these other artists—you are you, and your work is unique and special because of your experiences and skills. Don’t force yourself to be something you’re not.
It may help to go on an “art-free” diet for a week. This means you stop looking at other people’s art or reading about other people’s success—this means getting off the internet, refusing to enter the local gallery, and closing all your art books.
Writing a list reminds you to focus on how far you’ve come, instead of how far you feel you still have to go. Be proud of what you’ve achieved, and celebrate it, because it’s a truly remarkable thing!
Finally, write down your GOALS! Making short term and long term goals alike can really help to boost your confidence, as it will make you feel like you do have direction and are working towards tangible things.
Best of luck ACB followers!