As an artist, you may experience significant times of loneliness as you work through the highs and lows of living out your creative passion. It takes effort and time to be intentional about connecting with other artists, but it is well worth it. In this post I will help you discover three ways for how to create community as an artist.
Seek Out Community
You cannot succeed with your creative practice unless you are connected to others who encourage and challenge you. We need all the support and resources we can get. You have to take it upon yourself to get connected.
Seek out those who are in many different stages of their growth. We can learn from anyone. Sharing your creative process to others can help you gain perspective and feedback.
Don’t be shy in sharing your progress either, your voice and experience just may encourage and inspire someone else (and even yourself). Sharing your success, no matter how big or small is important. Surrounding yourself with a like minded community in relation to your creative dream can encourage, challenge and motivate you.
Connect Through Your Online Presence
With the responsibility on you to make the choice to connect, consider all of the social platforms that you could connect on. Think of where you are already present. Are there artists who you could reach out to and ask questions, support or encourage? This is precisely the way we receive what we desire is to offer it out to others.
If your sole focus is to sell on social platforms, remember your audience doesn’t only want to hear about what you sell but who you are and how you can connect with them. Being authentic and curious is the best way to build connections.
Facebook groups are a great place to share work, feedback and even gain insight into where to sell. If you are looking for a particular kind of group always do a search using key words and look for groups. Remember, the more people you connect with, means the more eyes are on your work.
Instagram can be a great place to connect through comments on posts, direct messages, following artists we admire and signing up for free courses. If you are unsure of where to start on Instagram, search out and connect through hashtags. I know I have connected with many artists through using #innercritic, #impostersyndrome and #perfectionistictendencies, #creativeparalysis and so on.
As a creative, do you struggle with confidence?
Even though I share a lot of freebies and tutorials, I held back for years sharing my creations because I feared failure. As creatives, you and I can be held back due to negative thinking. It might look like comparing your ability to others or not having the confidence to pursue your creative talent or putting your creations out into the world.
Is that you? Have you ever found it difficult to cope with imposter syndrome, your inner critic, fear of failure, perfectionistic tendencies, and being hesitant to share your work?
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Create a Club
Thinking of your specific art practice, would you consider meeting up with one or more artists in that field to gather, share commonalities, questions and advice?
I have a watercolor artist friend who started a Sketch Club with just one other artist. Once a month they pick a place to meet and “sketch” or paint, put out an email to all those interested (who sign up via Instagram) and meet for a few hours. She has found that it is a great way to learn about different products, techniques and of course support each other.
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