WHEN starting out as an artist, it is particularly important to practice as much as possible, experiment with a variety of media, and study examples of the art you want to create. You will also have to be inspired by people or things around you. Try and start to notice what attracts you and record it in any way. The more you begin to notice the inspiration around you, the sharper you will get at recognising it. You should also be aware of your own history, interests and fascinations that make you who you are. There must be many things that inspire you and these are things that enthuse you and hold your interests. Some artists are intrinsically inspired while other may look at extrinsic sources as means of inspiration. But being creative is one challenging thing. You or your art has to evoke some sort of emotions – whether it is painting, writing a song or even writing a story -it should also be entertaining. It is also fair to mention that you will have to be committed to your art. Commitment, which consists of a willingness to improve, breeds talent. Some people are born with natural talent but if they do not identify their weaknesses and improve upon them, they will hit a brick wall quickly. Entertainers should also ooze confidence. Confidence enables one to sell whatever one is doing because without confidence, your work will show that you are unable to really tap into the talent you have. Confidence comes partly from practice and knowing that you have the talent to entertain and partly from a mind-set that pushes away doubt and worries. No matter what type of an artist you want to become, being able to change and adapt will help keeps you relevant and successful. Sometimes changes that you have no control over do happen. For example, kwaito music is slowly fading away and house music seems to be more prevalent today. During the kwaito era, artists had limited avenues to connect with their fans but now artists can connect with their fans through the internet. Social media has become the norm and successful artists have to adapt and use the numerous avenues to connect with their fan base, grow their brands and, ultimately, become more visible. Entertainers also need to have the capacity to change things for themselves. Last and most importantly be humble, imaginative and creative.
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