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Motivation: An Art Career is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

© 2007, Artist Career Training

An Art Career is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Artist and Educator Pat Fiorello has some sage advice for artists:

"It's easy to find your mood either elevated or deflated by a  recent  big sale or dry spell. The timing of art sales is pretty unpredictable - I liken it to a roller coaster ride - some months are low and some are high depending on how much activity you have going on, the time of  year, the weather/traffic the night of your big opening, if the right person happens to come in at the right time and a whole host of other factors - many  beyond our direct control.

"Rather than getting whipsawed by the latest results, I find trying to  keep the long term perspective helps - an art career is a marathon, not a sprint. Also if something doesn't turn out, I look to see what I could learn for next time to do differently and then get back into action.

"If you can keep that perspective plus know you are taking actions now to plant seeds for the future, then I find that eases the short term anxiety during the slow periods. Rather than dwelling in what's not happening right now, start asking yourself 'What actions can I set in motion to create opportunities for sales in the coming months?' Being in action always seems to feel better than just thinking about it, overanalyzing it (and setting off some of
those negative thoughts and assessments)."

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