5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming A Professional “Artist”

There is a certain amount of delusion that we buy into as artists. Something inside of us believes that all of the blood, sweat, and tears we put into our craft will one day, somehow, make a difference.

To thrive in this industry, you have to buy into that belief. But, blind faith will only get you so far. Every professional artist knows that nothing comes easy, money gets tight, and most days you catch yourself wondering if anyone really cares.

After completing my first feature film, I wrote down 5 questions that I felt could equip anyone ready to take the plunge into a creative career. These questions are meant to prepare you. It takes a significant amount of resolve to be an artist, and when you reach the day that the process gets messy and you’re up to your eyeballs in stress, you can remind yourself that it wasn’t all a delusion that got you here in the first place.

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Enjoy the Race, Not Just the Finish Line

When you produce movies for a living, there are a number of sexy moments, many of which we’ve just lived through with the release of Believe Me: parties with actors and investors, interviews with nationwide press, red carpet premieres, Q&A sessions with big crowds. All of these occasions are important milestones that have both celebrated and rewarded much hard work. What many forget or fail to realize is that these moments comprise maybe 0.01% of the total time spent on the project. And, the other 99.99% is very unsexy.

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