Rolling With the Punches
When talking to people about attempting to get work as an artist, there’s an aspect to it that really sucks– and that is the turn down. Sometimes, it comes in the form of a nicely worded email that keeps the door open for the future (the best kind!). Sometimes, it’s the shutdown email. And then there’s the worst of them all, the no reply– where you send in your stuff for something, and then you never ever hear back. Like your email or application was lost to the internet ether.
I’m here to tell you to not lose hope. Keep trying! But there comes a point when several “nos” will make you start to think there is something wrong with you, your art, or your approach.
The latter is the easiest to fix. When you send that email, fill in that application, or what have you, try to look at it with fresh eyes– or better yet, grab someone and get their opinion. It might have nothing to do with you or your art, but it could be that you are not giving a clear presentation.
If it isn’t your presentation, then it might just be one of the other two– and that’s when you have to start asking yourself some hard questions that not everyone wants to answer. If your art is not to snuff, then work on it. Do more! Level up yourself!
But don’t forget to keep on sending out those applications! Even if you are not sure your art is up to snuff– send in that application anyway. Who is it going to hurt? Be brave, send that application!
As in all things, it requires balance! It’s easy to focus too much on leveling up and never apply to anything or too much on sending out your work and never focus on bettering your art. Don’t lose balance. You can do both at the same time!