Alternative Fruit is well read enough to stand at least somewhere on this subject, although its author (myself) has perhaps some work to go with other beloved projects. Of course this blog/magazine would not be anywhere without the web-hits each week, for which I am extremely grateful. I do this for the love, and you're a big part of that. So thank you. With possible signs of definite cracking in the glass ceiling, it is possible to break through it. Granted, some people are born into it, with connections and family wisdom helping them on their way. The rest of us have to show our worth with something extra special. For years I've been trying to figure out what that is, perhaps it's like the mojo Austin Powers famously lost in his film. What I can shed light on is the process of creation that has been what I consider the fundamental reason behind the growth of this website. It is made up of this list:
First thing is to never give up. Adapt, change, evolve, listen to feedback, and keep going. But how do we do that?
Point two is to do this for the love, and consider any rewards as garnish. Your life purpose must be to do this, accept no other direction. This sounds difficult , how do I do this?
Anyone who makes it in the art world from scratch has done so because they simply cannot tolerate a regular job, they all have their reasons. They're desperate to be an honest working individual and they hunger for the respect society gives to earners but for whatever reason, they can't work a regular job. These people naturally gravitate towards the arts or self-employment in another field. That's the third point.
Fourth one is to stop trying to be the next mind-blowing sensation. We all have dreams of being the one who does the amazing thing and becomes a historical figure. We can maybe do that, but it's not how we make it in the arts. First we must get our foot in the door, so try to appeal to a crowd. Do something you like but that you know other people like too.
Five. Keep it real. You're not above anyone because you sell art, or make money from your talents. People may treat you like you are. Brush it off. That stuff stinks.
Sixth up is keep it realer, you're still a person and you need to clean your house, pay your bills, attend to family functions, and play a role. Being grounded in real life like this only serves to make your art more relevant, and it keeps you looking good, feeling good, and part of the loop. On the subject of reversal of roles,
Number seven is to think about what you're not doing. Often we try to do something for a reason, put that on its head and assess what you're leaving out and why. That can be extremely handy when finalising ideas. You'll likely have lots of ideas.
Eight is to work as hard as you can and always do your best job. No-one respects rubbish art made by someone who claims to be a professional. We expect a level of quality and you will bring the whole sector into disrepute by continually releasing rubbish at levels you don't deserve. You can do it.
You have to do it everyday, or at least every spare day. It's okay to have another job if you need one however make sure you routinely work towards your creative career. That sounds hard, but it's easier than you might think.
Ten. Thinking is work. Sit with yourself in your place. While you're doing menial jobs that don't require complex thought, you'll find yourself being bored, mentally restless, and that's when some of our best ideas happen. It's important to not think about having good ideas, but just let them naturally flow. Often once we entertain the good idea, a lot more will follow.
Eleven, remember that not all of your brilliant ideas are that brilliant. Often we do the best job we can and for some reason we don't yet understand, it doesn't do the job we need it to. That's okay, we have learned something. The more we analyse the piece, the more we can comprehend what has to change. Failure is feedback, and feedback is good.
Twelfth idea to keep in mind is to always be accurate, and always always tell the truth. If like me, you write about folklore and myths, or if you write about religious belief, be clear. No-one wants muddy water, if you're unsure about your ideas then let the dust settle and think about what you want to make, and how you want to portray your ideas. When it comes to fiction, the truth takes the guise of a character. They must still be true to life in the sense of how they are. If you want aliens, and unknown life, then define them and stick to it. True to themselves will suffice.
Thirteen, we must not forget about you. Be true to yourself too. Don't go down a road that you don't like. And if you get that darkly feeling when considering a subject, then you're not ready yet. Go somewhere else. Some things take a particular type of mindset to tackle well, and we only have a few of those to go around per person.
There you are, I hope that helps give you some kind of big picture about what it takes to get anywhere in the field of creativity. If you're following the rules properly, you'll not mind how far you get because, as it says, anything else is garnish. Have a good time!
P.s. What really separates the flock is education, so by reading this you're already on your way! Keep reading Alternative Fruit and you might want to check this out as well. Make the grade.
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