Sunday, November 6, 2016

Are You a Professional?

Art is a weird thing.

Many of my creative friends tell me how angry they get when someone has no problem with asking for free art/writing/music/photography. They argue, and rightly, that on one would dream of going into the office of a doctor or lawyer and asking for free services (but think of the exposure...), so why do people think it's OK for other professionals.

It's not, of course.

Unfortunately, we cannot always change the mindset of those around us, but we can control our thoughts and actions. If we want to be seen as professionals, we need to think and act more like professionals.

So what do professionals do?

One thing they do is show up. They show up when it's time to study. They show up when it's time to practice. They show up when it's time to work.

Not when they feel like it. Not when the spirit moves them.

Another thing they do is look for mentors, teachers, and feedback.

They know that when they get constructive criticism, it doesn't mean they are bad or wrong, only that they can get better.

What would you add to this list? Does the professional mindset help or hinder the arts?

Let me know in the comments.

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