Through Her Eyes
Back in 2016 I was struggling with my health and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Because of the unpredictable nature of my flare ups I was unable to keep my full time job as an Ecommerce Website administrator.
I had already begun showing my art in in local shows and decided to make the leap to full time artist. I was VERY fortunate to have the support of family around me who enabled me to stress less about finances and focus on my health and my art. I became a housewife/artist. I am grateful every day that I get to be home for my son and peruse my passion while managing my chronic illness.
Rejection is not something artists will usually talk about. You see all of our successes and our sales posted bold and bright online, but, what you don’t see are all the hours poured into things like websites, social media, applying for grants, shows and contests and the long list of rejection letters that comes with that.
For every one success I average about 15 rejections.
“We regret to inform you that your submission was not chosen to be included in this year's exhibition.”
“We appreciate the opportunity to view your portfolio. Unfortunately, you have not been selected to exhibit as an artist at this year’s show.”
“Regrettably, if you have NOT received another email from us earlier this morning, then unfortunately your application has not been selected to move forward.”
“We regret to inform you that we are unable to include your exhibition within our Featured program. “
“Our curators carefully reviewed your application and have decided not to show your work.”
You get the idea…!
Where did I go wrong? Maybe I’m not good enough? Maybe my ideas aren’t strong enough?
So what am I missing? Time….all of this takes time, patience and PERSEVERANCE!
Every time I receive a rejection notice it makes me push harder. See, here’s the thing…I can’t NOT create. It is part of who I am. It always was, and always will be. So I keep going. I try new ways to help bring money into our household while hanging on to being honest with my work. Somethings work, others flop big time.
Being an artist is 10% success and 90% self-doubt and rejection. Bring on the rollercoaster! I’m in it for the long game.
Whatever you are called to do, don’t give up. Breathe, and keep going!
To quote Galaxy Quest: