Finding your inner artist, day 30: About tackling your personal building-sites

I can’t believe how quickly this month of inspirational quotes and related thoughts has went by. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I did.

First of all, here comes the last quote:

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. ~ Rabindranath Tagore.

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for li...

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for literature. It is the first Nobel prize won by Asia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is obviously a quote about being pro-active. And what better way of bringing this series to end than asking you(rself) what you feel your art is lacking at the moment. Is it related to the creative side of things, or do you think you could do with better business skills? Or maybe a mix of both?

Knowing this alone won’t help, but it is a first step – only awareness can lead to actually making changes.

And because I obviously don’t intend to stop blogging as of today, I would like to add a little poll to this post, because I’m interested in what you would like to read next. I obviously cannot write anything specifically related to an art-form I am not familiar with (I am predominantly a musician), but I can write something about artist coaching – both in the personal and business sense. So here comes:

Please also feel free to add any other options you are interested in. I look forward to your replies, and thanks again for stopping by!


Finding your inner artist, day 25: About criticising others

Today’s quote:

If you have time to judge other people, you have way too much time on your hands. Get off your ass and do something meaningful. ~ Shane Gibson

This is a follow-on to yesterday’s post:

Critique is important. It helps us to grow, and it is part of the learning process. However, it should always be constructive. It also needs to serve a purpose. I sometimes cannot help but wonder where the purpose is if I look around (social) media and the Internet:

Artists criticise other artists, musicians criticise other musicians. Often, the person in question is not really addressed; the critique is just thrown out there – to whom exactly? We are all guilty of this occasionally, but some people really don’t seem to do anything else. There are even some who are so fixated on criticising one particular artist/singer/insert-term-of-choice that you really start to wonder if there is an element of either jealousy or trying to make themselves look better involved (which ultimately just makes them look bad).

Let’s not waste our time on petty things like that. It’s better to spend that time on furthering our own artistic careers. Apart from that, it is spending time with negativity. It really helps no one. The old saying holds some water:

If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t criticise. Think about whom, why and what you are criticising however, and whether your critique helps other people to grow, or if you just do it to make yourself feel better…

© Petra Raspel 2013