The most successful artists I know in art licensing also LOVE what they do! When you are happy doing what you do, it will show in your art. Personally, I don’t believe this is the industry of the “tortured artist”… we are happy, fun, hard working artists.
Did I ever tell you about a conversation I had with a friend when I was just separated from my husband back in 2004? I remember it vividly… we were having a heart-to-heart about what was going on and she said, “Well, on the up-side, I can’t wait to see the art you create! Everyone knows artists do their best work when they are in pain.” This was said with the same conviction that I would announce that the sky was blue.
My jaw drops to this day just thinking about it. I remember saying “Oh that is SOOOO not me! I’m a happy artist – that’s when I do my best work. I don’t do very good work when I’m unhappy.”
I recently repeated this story to a coach I”m working with and she said, “Well then don’t you think you owe it to yourself and your family to do everything in your power to stay as happy as possible?” My jaw dropped again but this time with the realization that she was right! It is MY JOB to stay happy – because from my positive emotion comes my best work.
Sometimes staying in my happy place means saying no to things others think I should do. It means staying in when others are going out. It means going to bed early so I can get up and go to the gym and feel good about myself and have energy for the day.
What do you think? Is it YOUR JOB to be happy to?
Here’s to your creative success!
– Tara Reed