Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about passion and what that means for an artist’s career. Passion is practical, it’s not just some romantic idea we like to have about artists; to put it simply, Passion = Grind.
That means that if you have passion for your work, you’re going to work day and night at it because you can’t stand not creating. Why does that matter to you? Because working hard and creating constantly are two obvious ways to become an amazing artist. And being good at what you do is a must.
But there’s another component to this idea. If all you do is create work after work, it’s a great start. But if you stop there, will anyone ever see your work? What you’re creating MAY be the most amazing art that anyone has ever seen, but nobody will know. Being an artist is about so much more than simply creating – it’s about creating for others.
So to be a true artist, you can’t keep your work to yourself. You have to look for those opportunities to get your work out to your audience, and you have to make those opportunities. You have to constantly ask the question, “How can I get my work out to people?” And then you have to DO IT, by any means possible.
There really is no other way to share your work than to just START getting it out to people. Don’t overthink this one. Too many artists end up stockpiling their work, waiting for the perfect piece to finally share with people. No piece will ever be perfect, and there will never be a perfect time to share it. So stop waiting for your career to happen to you, and go make your career happen. Make your career happen today.