Whether you paint, sculpt, act or write, sooner or later, you will feel the sting of rejection. Guarantee’d.
ABOVE: Damien Hirst, Immaculate Heart – Lost, 2008, sculpture, 36 x 24 x 11.5 inches
Whether you paint, sculpt, act or write, sooner or later, you will feel the sting of rejection.
As demoralizing as it is, rejection isn’t all bad – no really, it isn’t.
Whenever it happens to me – and it happens to me a lot – I try to remember the following:
- You aren’t really an artist until you have been rejected. It is a right of passage.
- Only serious artists have the courage to face it regularly.
- The only way to avoid it is to stop taking chances. Do you really want to do that?
- It forces you to evaluate your art – honestly.
- It forces you to evaluate your website, biography, and statement – honestly.
- It balances out the successes and keeps you humble.
And last but certainly not least:
- You are an artist because no matter how many times you are rejected, you will never, ever quit.