Challenges and Risks

Episode 171 · March 27th, 2021 · 36 mins 15 secs

About this Episode

As artists, we are often presented with situations that ask us to say “yes” to something that feels challenging or risky. This could be as small as the need to rework a painting to as large as agreeing to a major solo exhibit. Accepting any challenge requires a commitment and it may feel stressful and bring on self-doubt. Yet successful artists always take some risks that lead to growth and new possibilities—in their careers and in the studio. Today Rebecca and her partner at Cold Wax Academy, Jerry McLaughlin, talk about why it is important to take on challenges and risks in your art practice--along with a few stories about their own related experiences.

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As much as we may hesitate to step away from what is known and comfortable, risks and challenges offer advancement and growth that are vital to growing your work and art business. Of course, we need to be discerning, to consider what is realistic, or whether there is anything about the idea that doesn’t seem legit or too much of a distraction. But too often we hesitate to take opportunities that really will be beneficial because we consider them too risky.

A good question is, what exactly are you risking? Often the dangers are larger in your imagination than something that might actually happen. The gains are very often much larger than any risk involved.

Making a commitment to follow through on a challenge that offers promise is actually quite freeing. You gain a sense of purpose and focus that moves you forward in every aspect of your practice.

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