As artists we’ve all been there before… you send in the work, you fill out the forms, you jump through all the hoops. And then wait. A phone call to check on progress. “The person you have to speak to is on holidays”. More waiting. Another call. “We will be reviewing all the applications next year”. You wait until next year. Finally the letter comes… you are nearly falling over yourself with excitement… this is it… the big break! “We received a large number of applications and we are very sorry. You didn’t get picked”.
Then something really big happened. The internet came along. All of a sudden it became really easy to meet new people. Whereas before a small group of people had no time to look at my work it turned out that now there was a big group who actually really liked it. I also realized that I had no time to wait… I had too many ideas and there was too much painting to be done! Conversations happened, I got into a painting routine, things started to take off, even some sales!
Studies have shown that less than 1% of actors will ever make it into a Hollywood movie. There are over 56,000 artists living in New York City but less than 1% will ever be picked by a top gallery.
You can spend a whole lifetime waiting to be picked. Or you could start. On your own. Now.
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