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Who Do You Push Out and Close Down?


You’re getting with your friends realizing how amazingly successful everyone is (let’s be honest each one of them seems to divulge in a different success each turn) but do they really feel successful? If you often really ask people they’ll tell you they’re nowhere near where they want to be because we’re always striving for more.

Do you feel successful?

Being an artist as a career is tough.. no one wants to take you seriously, especially when you’re a tiny girl that loves cuteness. One day you feel you’re getting somewhere, perhaps you’re illustrating a new layout for your favorite art magazine, and then the next day immediately it feels like everything can be taken in an instant.

We are constantly averting our attention and watching as new art shops and artists pop online one after the other.. we’re constantly deciding who we want to succeed and who we want to fail.

We are? Yes. You’re deciding right now what succeeds and what fails, take a look at the support you have for the art or DIY community.. whatever you buy or pay attention to, you’re ensuring their success.. whatever you pass by without a second glance, you’re obviously not ensuring their success. We have more power than many of us like to think and it’s time we realize that.

If success was based solely on the artistic vision, genuineness, and quality then there would be no problem, but with the resurgence of options what really is getting weeded out? Is it the amazing acrylic jewelery artist who coined the peppermint ring? Are we purchasing the rip off and ensuring their success while the genuine artist is missing our patronage? It’s worth thinking about.

Is it tough to be unique in a world that’s constantly adopting your ideas and incorporating them into their own artistic vision?

All jobs are hard in some way and everyone can master something amazing in their lifetime.. why not also realize you’re ensuring your community’s success also?

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  • Reply athinalabella 11/12/2009 at 3:35 am

    Art does not defy the rules of evolution. Would Madonna be the icon she is today if she did not constantly reinvent herself? Would we have a Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, or Gwen Stefani if it were not for Madonna’s influence on pop culture? Being a member of a community can have its pros and cons, depending on your perspective. In my opinion without these vital members, you can quickly find yourself in static mode. Sometimes being able to feed, collaborate, share, inspire, influence, teach, and guide one another is not only necessary, but of the essence.

    Keep spreading that sunshine….great piece. 😉

  • Reply HellinKiller 11/13/2009 at 12:45 am

    That’s a great point. I definitely know where you’re coming from. I’m studying to be a teacher and work at a college and have days where I am treated like the best person on campus…and more days where I’m treated like an idiot subhumanoid. I think this definitely became worse after going blonde. I’ve found that I am dismissed and talked down to a lot more since…I know that they don’t realize that’s why, but being a cutesy young girl (and blonde) sometimes comes with being treated like a child.

    It just takes realizing these things to help you push through. <3

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