I think that MANY of us as artists go through a rough patch when it comes to carving out a fulfilling career path. We are often told that “artists don’t make money” and that we need to be looking for more realistic work. Although these words might be said with good intentions, it can be some of the worst-fear triggered advice you can receive. When we hear things like this, we automatically shut down. We start to re-think our goals, what is “possible” for us, and look for something safe.
I’ve created a brainstorming exercise to help simulate the process I went through that lead me to where I am today. The goal of this exercise is to get you to start thinking about fields you may want to align yourself with. Here we go!
Step 1: I want you to brainstorm all of your hobbies and areas of interest and write them down. For instance on my paper, I would write video games or reading since that is something I love. Write down as many as you can think of.
Step 2: Think about causes or missions you align yourself with. Are you anti-bullying? Do you want to fight for animal rights? Are you on a mission to educate young children? Whatever that cause may be, jot it down.
The point of this exercise was to get you thinking about ways you can combine your interests, and stumble upon a field that you love. Instead of switching the direction of your career field, I want you to explore new artistic opportunities that you may have never considered before. Hope this sparked your synapses.
Holly Knece (Holly Hearts Art)