Self-respect is one of the central ingredients for a healthy mindset yet can be one of the hardest to achieve. As artists, we may lose our grip on it when encountering the larger art world. Or lack of self-respect may interfere with our art practice itself, keeping us from dedicating time and resources to our work, or behaving in ways that undermine our success. Is your self-respect as an artist firmly in place or does it waver or fade in some situations? Today we’ll talk about ways to build and maintain your self-respect inside and outside the studio.
In a recent podcast we talked about the passion that underlies so much of what we do as artists and as entrepreneurs, and how that keeps us going even when we have times when the rest of the world does not seem to care about what we do. Part of passion is the respect we feel intrinsically for what we do; in some basic way we know how important it is and honor that. We need strong self-respect in order to put ourselves out there, keep us engaged, help us overcome obstacles, and also to recognize situations in which we are not being respected.
Many people struggle to respect their own creative passion as the result of life circumstances, such as not being supported in their interest as a young person, or the need to have a good income early in life. If you don't have a good base of self-respect as an artist, or lifelong engagement with your creative side, how can you build up this key ingredient in growing your work and art career?
This means placing priority on your studio time, buying yourself quality supplies and equipment, finding a supportive art community, and engaging with high level instruction or mentorship. It also helps to acknowledge realistically where you are as an artist. In may seem counter-intuitive but being humble as a beginner enhances self-respect, and in fact it may be crucial for getting through the initial learning phases and avoiding feeling like an imposter. In the same vein, learning to limit your interactions about your work with people who don't take you seriously is important, as is avoiding comparison with others who are further along with their work.
No matter when or under what circumstances you have started your creative practice, respecting its place in your life is crucial to growing into yourself as an artist. We are the gatekeepers who protect that practice and honor its importance, and if we don't do that, we can't expect anyone else to do so.
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