This is a special post for my artist friends or anyone trying to make a living at their dream job.
Lately I've had a few great opportunities fall into my lap, and when I say fall into my lap, I mean I've worked quite hard for quite some time for them. You know when it seems like everyone else is getting all these glorious opportunities and you're over there like, hey, what about me? Trust me, I know how you feel. It can be frustrating and you probably just want to give up sometimes don't you? Don't do that. Keep doing what you love. Keep giving a hundred and ten percent. Heck, go crazy and give a hundred and twenty percent!!! I'm not saying you need to work longer hours or anything like that. Just continue doing what you love to do. If you love what you're doing and you're passionate about what you do, it will eventually come through and people will begin to see. Enthusiasm for what you love in life is contagious. It will become impossible for people to ignore after awhile. And don't EVER listen to naysayers. Don't even entertain that beast. It's Poison....(see what I did there?? It's the name of my image above. Not sure how I'm going to incorporate Twin Thunderheads over Zucchini) Do your thing.
I get so sick and tired of marketing myself. It makes me feel like an insane ego maniac, but it goes with my 'job.' I still find it hard to call what I do a job because I sincerely like what I do. I'll 'work' long hours, weekends, holidays, whatever, because I truly enjoy it. Don't be shy about marketing yourself and whatever kind of magic you make. It goes with the territory and is a necessary evil. That's how opportunities happen. I've been contacted years after someone has first seen my work to offer me something or another. You simply never know where people will find you, so get yourself out there. Find a mentor, follow someone that inspires you, find a group of friends that encourage you. All of those things help too, but most importantly, be enthusiastic and have love for whatever it is you do and opportunities will begin to fall into your lap because of it.
That's really all I wanted to say because I know how it feels to be discouraged. Have a beautiful day and go make some beautiful art and be patient.....and Twin Thunderheads over Zucchini!!!