The greatest way to recharge your battery as an artist is to attend a conference like ShutterFest or the upcoming Project Lunacy. The interaction with great instructors and your peers is invaluable.
However, too many of you do nothing in between conferences. Just like watering and feeding a plant, as hokey as it sounds, you need to feed your soul every day. You need something to help you remember why you’re working so hard. Often it’s as simple as just reading a great quote.
I thought it would be fun to share a few of the ideas that have helped me maintain focus on everything outside my business as well as the daily challenges.
“Don’t tell people your dreams, show them!”
“Breathe. It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.”
"Unless you try to do something beyond what you already mastered,
you will never grow."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones
at every dog that barks.”
There are obviously days when you need more than just something to read, watch or listen to. Make it a point to keep in touch with that inner you. So often you might be approaching burnout and just refuse to see the signs.
The ideal time to give yourself a day off or just a few hours away from the business needs to happen before you crash and burn. Learning to spot the signs of your own burnout is as important a skill set as understanding exposure, lighting, composition, etc.
You’re working hard to build a brand and a business – take whatever time you need, whenever you need it and learn to step away for recess! If you think about it, it wouldn't be a bad idea to go right back to the schedule we had in kindergarten - right down to the little nap on the floor and a chocolate milk in the afternoon! LOL
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.