1.Invest in your art practice. Be generous with time and attention to your art. Take care of what you create. Be proud of it. Respect yourself as an artist. Everything you make is a culmination of many years of search.

2.Start a community of your own. Name it and own it. The chances of you finding a community and being part of it, and feeling like you are at the center of it, is slim. Starting one might be easier than finding one.

3.Build your own breakthrough. The recognition does not come from the outside. It happens when you are ready for it and the world is always curious.

4.The success of making art is not based on sales, fame, following, but if you can connect with others through your art.

5.Art is work. Very hard work and a difficult work to dedicate your self to. The work may not compensate monetarily or bring immediate recognition easily.

6.You know your work as an artist is worth it when you enjoy your own work and you find the process rewarding.

7.Art is a way of looking at the world. It is the practice — a continued act of engaging with the world and reflecting on yourself. It is the praxis — a tool to bring your passion, talent, ability to good use.

8.Art world. You may feel like an uninvited guest at a private party. And there is the common notion that art belongs to the privileged, the ones with an excess of time and money. Most artists I know begin their career modestly, work hard to build their reputation and define their worth. Their work brings the prestige and respect — something that’s difficult to buy.

9.What you are making may be more important than what you might think of it.

10.You don’t need to look like an artist, sound like an artist, live like an artist. However, if you can think like an artist, you are an artist. Unlike everyone else who’s cultural or creative, artists have a unique ability to give form to an idea. Their mind is not only flexible but plastic. It can receive and give form to an idea.

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