A few weeks ago, I posted a Deep Thought about being taken seriously. Lots of you commented. Here are some snippets from the quotes:
From Catherine Chandler: My advice? Just keep on keepin' on. Do what you do, do what you love. I
totally agree with the first comment…present yourself professionally,
don't waste your energy on people who don't understand, talk about your
work positively, and engage with people that have similar interests or
understand and support you.
From Stacey Peterson: I think that first and foremost, you need to take YOURSELF seriously if
you want your peers to take you seriously. Treat your art as a job and
approach everything you do as a professional, and people will
eventually see that it isn't just a hobby. And when that doesn't work,
From Robert Rodriguez, Jr.: Again, the key is to act and think like an artist, not like someone
trying to become an artist. There is a significant difference.
From Lisa Call: I used to feel this way – unhappy cause noone took me seriously. Putting in effort to impress others was a waste of my time. Now I don't care what other people think – it's a much happier place
to be. I'm having more fun now that I don't feel a need to be "serious"
about my work. I prefer being joyous about it.
There's more about this in today's Art Marketing Action newsletter.
What is your advice about being taken seriously?
Image (c) Robert Rodriguez, Jr., Boulder Beach, Acadia NP