WORKING in entertainment, whether as a television actor, a musician, or a radio personality requires a certain set of skills and qualities, because talent is often not enough.
The entertainment industry all over the world is crowded and can seem impossible to break into. Not everyone is able to break through.
Many people dream of supporting themselves solely through their artistic or entertainment passion, but that dream is not always a reality. “Making it” for many artists in Namibia, just means being able to pay the bills and buy food. So there is a need to be professional at all times.
Everything starts in your mind. You must think like a professional artist all the time so that you become aware of all your attitudes and beliefs about having a professional art career.
You must root out any ideas or thoughts that keep you from assuming full responsibility for your career decisions. You must commit to eliminate any negative self-talk that prevents you from taking all the actions needed to build relationships and to live up to your art career responsibilities.
Being a professional artist means juggling multiple responsibilities.
Determination, talent, and vision are fundamentals, but they don’t mean much if you can’t get your work before those who have influence in the marketplace.
Exhibitions, galleries, studios among others, are not all created equal. You have to try and infiltrate known brands or people that can provide a meaningful recommendation or with people who are associated with the who’s who of the industry. That can provide a real platform to build a professional resume.
Becoming a professional artist is about choosing a lifestyle. Be realistic about the possibilities. Examine what you want your life to be. You need the drive to make things and the work ethic to do all that is needed to make it work. And that is okay because creating art takes a lot of energy.
It is also important to figure out how you are going to do this for a life time without becoming burnt out. In Namibia you need another thing going for yourself as well.
Also professionals create for love and no other reason. Putting yourself in competition with others and seeking to uplift your art is unhealthy and undesirable, and may well lead to nothing at all. Working with other artists is a real possibility for helping you along in your career, but be wary not everyone is pleased with your success.
So if you want to be a pro, learn ways to keep yourself going and motivated. Have several projects going at the same time so you can work on more than one thing.
Try and understand how you function best, what your best rhythms are and how they work.
The given ideas may work for some artists. You will have the responsibility to find out what works best for you.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015