Do you love to draw and paint? Is it your passion? That’s awesome! You’re awesome! You may one day become a full time professional artist. Keeping creating!
Who’s here to help you?
- Your parents.
- Your grandparents.
- Your teachers.
Who will bend over backwards to help you?
- People you know very well whom you’ve done a lot of things for.
- People you’ve built a great relationship with by being amazing all the time and thinking of them and their needs, not your needs.
Who’s NOT here to help you?
- People you’ve never met.
- People you don’t know.
Where do you get to exhibit?
- In your art classes.
- Your art teachers will probably put on some quarterly or yearly art shows.
- Potentially at a coffee shop if you’re putting lots in of effort in and getting great results.
Where do you NOT get to exhibit?
- Most coffee shops.
- All wine bars.
- All art galleries.
- Fine art galleries.
- Award-winning fine art galleries.
- The Smithsonian
Things You Can Do To Move Your Art Career To The Next Stage
- Be nice to everyone.
- Eat some vegetables.
- Draw and paint as much as you can.
- Take as many art classes as you can at school.
- Work hard to get good grades in these classes.
- Work hard to get good grades in other classes, too, especially communication classes. Artists need to know how to communicate clearly in writing and in conversation to succeed.
- Take an art class outside of school.
- Start researching art. There’s lots of great stuff on the web.
- Watch some cool movies about art and artists.
- Choose a favorite artist and learn more about them.
- Get out of the house.
- You should be attending all First Fridays. It’s a great way to get to know the scene: the spaces, the artists, etc.
- Get your parents to buy you a piece of art in a local gallery – if it’s a First Friday then you can also ask the artist questions. All artists looove to answer questions from people who actually purchase their work.
- Exercise regularly.
- Be super nice to everyone.
- Start checking into what Spokane Arts is up to. They often have opportunities for younger art producers.
- Have fun, but also realize that this is a career choice that requires a lot of hard work as well as time spent developing your “people skills”.