I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on my recent post, “Go Slow,” from artists who are letting themselves relax, rejuvenate, and create at their own pace. But sometimes you need to find the energy to push.
That final effort is especially important when you are creating a business. Creative entrepreneurs with a vision and a strategy, a solid business plan, a good website, still must find ways to bring their idea to life.
What I’ve found to be most important is that final stretch, when you’re almost there. An artist I know likens this to the last stages of childbirth, when everyone is yelling PUSH. You want to give up because it’s so hard, but still you have to PUSH, and then you hold a tiny miracle in your hands.
It may be time in your art practice or career to find the energy to push—to push again, to push harder, to push through your own hesitations. You make a sustained effort even though you’re exhausted and discouraged.
Find ways to connect in person with your audience. Go to events where they gather. Introduce yourself, listen to what’s on their minds, and then talk about what you offer. Your idea comes alive when you engage with others.
When I first started my own business there were no career coaches for artists. Yet I could hear the voices of creative people all over the world reaching out, asking for help. Through talks and workshops I found ways to engage with my audience, to meet artists in person. These connections gave me the energy and confidence for the last PUSH, and here we are, together now.
Mary Edwards, Ph.D
Career & Life Coach for Artists
“Left Brain Skills for Right Brained People”
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As an artist coach, I bring a unique combination of business knowledge, art world experience, and professional coaching skill to my practice.