Monday, December 28, 2009

Measuring Creative Success

It’s interesting and rather funny how our culture tends to measure success. By most accounts when and if you quit your day job, you’ve succeeded. In fact, it’s so unexpected and impressive that there are no other qualifications. Your world could be falling down around you - your relationships on the brink of failure, your finances a complete mess, your artwork unappealing, etc., and as long as you're making art without a day job, you’ve “made it.”

In terms of my own personal success, taking that leap did, in fact, make me feel as though I had “made it.” It was empowering to feel as though I was a part of something greater - a long history of artists who spent their days and nights consumed completely with their art. I set out to achieve something and was willing to risk everything in order to achieve it.


  1. I'm looking forward to hearing more from you on this! I'm beginning to make plans to go full time with my art in June and am having myriad feelings about it already! It's a big leap to give up the security of a "real" steady job and to figure out how to make just as much or more doing art. I have a LOT of ideas and am beginning to put them into motion. It's fun and exciting and a bit scary!

  2. It sounds like it's time to have a cup a tea and chat.