It’s an epidemic in the arts world. I was as guilty as everyone else. The mindset of waiting for someone to “discover” me. Some amazing person, with clout, ideas and a vision to step in and say, “Noelle, I know just what we should do with your art. I know exactly how you should market, in fact I’ve hired someone to do that for you. I found your ideal customer. Now you can stay in your studio and paint all day with no worries of anything else.”
hmmmm It seems silly now looking back but I know I’m not alone.
My sisters are nurses. They had a clear path to get there. Follow steps A through Z and at the end you’ll be a nurse. Someone will tell you what the pay is for that, you’ll find a facility that will schedule you and you’ll have patients waiting for you each day when you arrive. I’ve had to accept that my path in not like that. Not only accept it but thrive on my own, winding path.
I heard Christine Kane talk about this concept of waiting to be discovered a few months ago and it was a light bulb moment for me. I was indeed letting a part of me wait for someone else to deem me worthy of charging a certain price for my artwork. Someone else telling me I am now magically qualified enough to teach a course that I know in my soul that I’m meant to teach but was holding onto a little fear over.
Fellow creatives, it’s in our hands. WE control our destiny. You have the right to create the art that speaks to you, sing the style of music that lights you up. Charge what you know in your soul you need to get for a painting and NOT letting fear or lack mindset takeover.
Take this moment, DISCOVER yourself. YOU are what you’ve been waiting for!
I deem you qualified to figure out a plan that works for you. You are smart enough to hire the right professionals that can help you on your journey, you are passionate enough about your craft that you know deep in your gut when you quiet down and listen who the clients and customers are that you really want to work with. You know that you have the power to discover yourself.
Then, if at some point you get published, an agent, a licensing deal or huge contract it will be icing on your already solid cake.
Now it’s up to you to own that. Live it. Speak it. Breathe it. Let the world see your light.