Every artist inspires to be successful. But, success does not come easily. You have to invest your time and energy into this. But even this is not enough. Many people believe that if you want to know how to be a successful artist, then you should know how to create high-quality art.
But, this is not the only thing that you need in order to become successful. There are many other factors that contribute towards a successful career. Whether you are a full-time artist or a part time artist, or you create art as a means to earn money or just to express yourself, you will find the formula of becoming a successful artist in this blog post. Keep reading.
Define your goals
If you want to become a successful artist then, first of all, the most important step is to define your goals. As an artist, you should know that what do you want to achieve in life. You should be able to answer the question that where do you see yourself in the next few years.
There are two different types of goals; long term goals and short term goals. Short term goal is maybe something that you want to achieve in a short time period. And long term goals are goals that show you the path. You should be able to differentiate these two types of goals.
Defining your goals is a very important step because it helps you to determine your path. If you want to define your goals, the first thing that I would suggest is to write your goals on a sheet of paper. After that, differentiate between the long term and short term goals and categorize them according to their type.
Now, make a clear strategy on how you are going to achieve that goal. If you are confused about this, then research a lot. The research will help you learn what you are doing wrong if you think you are facing problems. Writing your goals on a paper is important because it will continuously remind you of your priorities in life.
Now that you have written your goals and made a strategy to achieve those goals, the next thing that you should do is to keep a record of your performance. It is important to you review your goals periodically and judge yourself in achieving that goal.
If you think you are making progress, perfect! But if not, then it is the time to assess your strategy and check the reasons that are causing problems.
The goals that you set should be SMART. SMART goals mean that your goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based. If you are still confused that what a SMART goal is, let me elaborate.
A goal should be specific means that you should not set a vague goal. Your goal should be unique and it should have the ability to show you the path towards your destination. For example, you want to be a good artist.
This goal is not considered as specific because the artist is a vague term. There are so many types of art and artists. This goal does not tell you whether you want to be a painter, a graphic designer, a sculptor, an actor or a musician.
So, in this case, a specific goal will be the one that tells you clearly about your goal. I want to become a painter is considered as a specific goal.
A goal should also be measurable and by this, I mean you should be able to measure the success of your goal and your progress. I want to be a painter and sell my paintings is not a measurable goal. The measurable goal, in this case, will be “I want to be a painter and sell 30% of my paintings.
A goal should be attainable. It should not be something that is considered impossible. You should be able to achieve your goal. For example, if your goal is to be a painter within 15 minutes but you don’t even know the basics of painting, then this goal is not considered as an attainable goal.
An attainable goal would be, I want to be a painter and sell my paintings on Etsy. Now this goal seems attainable. The goal should be relevant and time-based as well. A relevant goal is something that can be related to your skills, dreams etc.
For example, if you are an artist and you want to explore a new field of art, it will be considered as a relevant goal because it is related to your field. And a time-based goal is something that can be achieved within a specific time period.
In order to make a goal time based, you should select a date or time on which or until which you are going to achieve your goal. For example, I want to learn oil painting till 2018. This goal is a perfect example of a time-based goal.
Market yourself to be a successful artist
If you want to be a successful artist, you should properly market yourself and your art. This era is an era of marketing and there are plenty of tools available that can help you to market yourself. You should make a proper marketing plan and work on it.
I would suggest you start a blog or a website so that you can show your art to the world. Use proper SEO techniques to rank your website on search engines. Apart from this, use social media to keep in touch with your followers and to engage them.
In this era, anyone who knows the art of marketing can become successful. But it does not mean that marketing yourself is an easy process. You need proper planning and strategy to become successful.
At the end, I would say that be as creative as you can, learn as much as you can and create art as much as you can. Do not be afraid of trying new things and looking for new opportunities. A successful artist is one who always keeps an eye on new opportunities and gets benefit from them.
To be a successful artist, all you need is creativity, imagination, and motivation and you can achieve anything you want.
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