Friday, March 09, 2007

It's the week-end...time to work!

Welcome back, dear reader. Today's post is for all you aspiring artists out there that want to make a living doing art. You want to but can't find the time...or so you think.

Today I'm going to direct you to another blog, more specifically the blog of artist Maggie Stiefvater (look, you're already tired trying to figure out how to pronounce her last name) who has become quite successful in a relatively short period of time. I know what you're thinking: So? What's so special about her? Glad you asked. Before I direct you to her post let me give you a bit of background on her:
She's a 25 year old mother of two children both of whom are under 3 years old (see, again, you're tired already!) She's the owner of 2 cats, 1 dog and married to a police officer husband. She's also an aspiring novelist that is in the process of having her very first book (hopefully) published. She is a full-time artist and making a decent living from it to boot. To say that her life is busy would be an understatement.
She wrote the post I'll direct you to after receiving numerous requests to share her secrets or at the very least, let folks know where she purchased her cloning machine. Alas, there was no cloning machine to speak of and she is a mere mortal like the rest of us. What seperates her from many other potentially successful artists is that she's driven and, most importantly, she has a plan. So, without further ado, please head here and read up on how she does it.


So now that you've had that light bit of reading for a Friday afternoon it gives one something to think about the next time one feels the urge to say "I just don't have the time." Do you really not have the time, or is it the motivation?
I'm a very firm believer that if you want something badly enough you can get it. If you're willing to do the grunt work (and becoming an artist is no walk down the yellow-brick road, I can assure you) you can reap the rewards whether it be in the form of money, recognition, personal satisfaction or just the sheer joy of creating. Excuses won't get you very much at all.

It's the week-end, dear reader, and perhaps time to approach your art career with a different mind-set. If you really want it badly enough, it's there for the taking. Go create your plan and put it into action.

Just to end it on a light note, this is the face my cat Bill makes when he hears about someone not putting their all into something. Please don't make him do it again...

...once was scary enough.


Maggie Stiefvater said...

What, I didn't mention my cloning machine?
Hey - that cat face is usually the one I see right before I have to pull a foot of ribbon out of their mouthes after they've swallowed all but the end.

Rita said...

Bill has particular tastes in ribbon. Only the red and green stuff seems to be good enough for eating. Gold ribbon, errr...not so much. Maybe that's why the face?