How to Become an Artist

Posted: January 25, 2021 in Uncategorized

I’ve been reading The Practice by Seth Godin and he has really touched on something that I am passionate about. If I were to ask how do you become a doctor or a lawyer or something like that, you would be able to tell me the academic pursuits required, the tests to be passed, and any other parts of the process, but how do you become an artist? I’m convinced it comes down to a four step process.

Step 1. Say you’re an artist.

Step 2. Make art.

Step 3. Share your work with the world.

Step 4. Repeat.

That’s it. Now I know some will balk at this and I am okay with that. Yes you can take classes and get a degree if you want, but what’s most important is that you know who you are, make your art and share it with the world. From that point, you just keep doing it over and over again. That is what I’m doing here, by the way. I realize that some will think I am oversimplifying the process, and may even think I am stupid. I’m okay with that. It’s not for them. I created it. I believe it. I am sharing it with the world. The ones who agree with it are my tribe. The ones that don’t. I love you, but I respectfully disagree. The first step in being an artist is believing you are an artist, from there it’s all about making the art and sharing it far and wide. The people who love it will find it and from there, you just need to keep making art. If you make art and share it with the world you’re an artist and no critic can take that away.

Picasso on Being and Remaining an Artist

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