Rejection

Whether you paint, sculpt, act or write, sooner or later, you will feel the sting of rejection. Guarantee’d.

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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.