I’m listening to an amazing mix by Matt Singmin (a.k.a. SOLON), the DJ behind the Future Sound of Yoga events, who has just released a new yoga mix, featuring cutting edge electronica and ambient tunes. I get approached by a lot of companies through my blog, but chose to keep my blog ad free and endorsement free for MANY reasons.
Its available for free download / to stream here:
It got me thinking, though, about how you become known as an artist. Here’s tips:
- Put in the time. Practice. Don’t wait for the “muse to appear”. As a writer, I set goals. (5 pages a day, X number of hours in the chair, etc.)
- Work on something you LOVE ~ choose something that is meaningful to you. Only YOU can determine what that is.
- Mix up your toolbox – Change is good. My go-to right now to beat procrastination is that I play a game with myself: I can’t go to yoga till I get my writing done. Works for me. Find tools that work for you.
- Be open to critique – Challenging perhaps, but effective. I created a screenwriting weekly table read. People give notes. I set up the parameters of how to give notes in a supportive way, but that was it. Step back and try not to take it personally. Listen. Take what you need, leave the rest behind.
- Search for a mentor – Someone you admire? Study their path.
- Own your unique style – It’s an ongoing quest for me to express my unique voice. We ALL have something only we can contribute. How divine.
- Publish your work – It was on a dare that I created my blog. I went back and thanked that person later. The internet offers many avenues to be seen and promote artistic works. Use ALL the tools at your disposal.
- Enter contests, Join Clubs/Societies, Teach a Workshop – get out of the house. Be with other creative people. Help someone else. Dare to put your work out there.
- Keep growing – Being an artist is a lifelong pursuit. Someone asked me once why I write. I simply said, “Because I have to.” Study, learn, invent and make mistakes.