How Not to Succeed as an Artist

The path to success as an artist is a long and difficult one. There are no guarantees, and only a small percentage of artists ever achieve true commercial or critical success.

However, there are certain things that you can do to stack the odds against you. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the ways in which you can ensure that your art career never gets off the ground.

1. Don't take any risks.
If you want to guarantee failure as an artist, be afraid to take risks. Play it safe and stick to comfortable, familiar territory. Don't experiment with new techniques or genres; stick to what you know best. That way, you'll never grow as an artist and your work will become stale and uninteresting.

2. Be a copycat.
There's nothing wrong with being inspired by other artists, but if you want to fail, make sure that you rip off their work wholesale. Copy their style, their subjects, their techniques—everything. That way, you'll be accused of plagiarism and your work will lack originality and uniqueness.

3. Rely on talent alone.
If you're not naturally gifted, there's no hope for you—right? Wrong! Anyone can succeed as an artist with enough hard work and dedication. So don't bother honing your craft or developing your skills; just sit back and rely on talent alone. Chances are, you'll quickly find yourself out of your depth and struggling to keep up with those who have put in the hard yards.

4. Work in isolation.
Art is a solitary activity, so there's no need to network or build relationships with other artists—right? Wrong again! If you want to fail as an artist, make sure that you work in complete isolation.That way, you'll miss out on opportunities to collaborate, learn from others, and develop important industry contacts . . . all of which are essential for success in the art world.

5. Be disorganized and unfocused.
The key to success as an artist is focus and discipline—two things that will be in short supply if you're disorganized and all over the place. Make sure that your workspace is cluttered and chaotic; never set realistic goals or deadlines for yourself; start projects without any clear plan or idea of where they're going; flit from one idea to the next without ever seeing anything through to completion . . . In short, do everything possible to make sure that your artistic endeavors are haphazard, aimless, and unproductive.

There's no guarantee of success when it comes to pursuing a career in the arts—but there are certain things that you can do to stack the odds against you. In this blog post, we've explored some of the ways in which you can ensure that your art career never gets off the ground. So if you're looking to fail miserably, make sure that you take no risks, copy other artists' work wholesale, rely on talent alone, work in isolation, and be disorganized and unfocused!

 


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