Success and Rejection

This morning I was notified that I have been accepted into the WEARABLE ART FAIR in Philadelphia, PA. This will be a new venue for me and after many rejections from various art festivals over the last year, I am both surprised and delighted. I applied to this show because, well, I make art that is wearable, ha, ha! (I like to think so anyway). Listen, It’s hard to be confident in this business and I just want to say to other artists that failure is part of the art gig and I will never lie about all of my rejections and failures. Rejections don’t define the artist or the art and if they don’t make you give up they can make you stronger (you know what they say about what doesn’t kill you?). Art is subjective. Stephen King said that when he received his first rejection letter from a publisher he rejoiced and stuck it on a nail and said, “Now I’m a real writer!” And of course he went on to publish eventually (big time). Being a festival/gallery/online artist is not for sissies; if you get too confident you will fall, if you lack too much self-confidence you will not excel. Your spine must be strong and skin thick. It’s that fine balance of putting yourself out there and working hard to preserve the integrity of your creative process.  Alone time working and also marketing yourself are two very contrasting skills and many artists struggle to do both well.  I’m sure there are more rejections ahead of me but I guess my attitude is to just keep on doing what I do and the little successes that happen are that much more rewarding because I will know how hard I’ve worked for them and how I  was able to navigate the negative land minds of my mind.

“An artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist.” ~Ananda Coomaraswany

Soldier on my friends.

~ by ambeckart on January 31, 2018.

4 Responses to “Success and Rejection”

  1. Congratulations, Ann! How exciting! Wishing you a good show! Have phun in Philly!

  2. Congratulations Ann, on your acceptance to the Wearable Art Show in PA. Good for you and I wish you success in all you do! You make every effort to make each piece of your work as perfect as it can be. I look forward to hearing more about your work. Indeed, soldier on!

  3. I am so freakin proud of you and your accomplishments and I loved this entry! Pure emotion and honesty. 2018 is going to bring you really good things. I can feel it. Fly high!

  4. Well said and this is awesome!!!! What an exciting trip this will be and to share your art is amazing.

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