Welcome to June. As we traverse through the halfway point of the year (already), I can only think: “So much to do. So little time.” The days fly by leaving me thinking today is Wednesday. It’s Thursday. No time to lose, Explorers.
My youngest nephew just graduated high school (Congratulations, Brandon!) & is headed off to join the U.S. Army. 😦 Yikes. He asked me what were my plans after high school graduation. I…had no plans. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I tried and failed at a few things through high school while following a path to creativity including learning how to Paint and Illustrate.
How many years did it take me to find my niche? Home? Where I belong? Several. 😦 Still, I was not far off the right path. We all need help in figuring out how to get to where we want to be. There are plenty of resources for inspiring artists to use, but you have to know where to look.
Focus Your Efforts.
Absolutely! Without question, find the right crowd. Hang out with the people who have the same goals as you do. More times than not, you help each other move forward by learning from our successes & mistakes. If you are an Artist hanging out with a group of Accountants, it’s not going to benefit your career that much.
In my case, reading Art Publications to find resources while getting involved with the Art Community worldwide has propelled my progress within the last six months. Key financial investments in my career have begun to pay off, but there is no overnight success. Practically every single day, month after month, one step at a time towards where you want to be.
Yes, this is why everyone’s not successful. The thought of being in the Spotlight fuels their drive, instead of the passion they have for their craft. When the Spotlight is too elusive, it’s easy to get frustrated, angry, and disappointed. It’s easier to give up. 😦 You have to be crazy enough to keep going in the pitch black of darkness.
Time to Create.
RedBubble is a company based in Melbourne, Australia; they also have an office in San Francisco, CA. Artists can add their work to available products from Wall Art & Apparel to Home Decor & Stationery. I have ordered my art on their products quite a few times and have Sold work through them, as well.
The 26 May 2017 Deadline has been extended to 2 June 2017 for their Artist Residency Program. Fill out an Application online to be a Resident Artist in Melbourne or San Francisco for 3 to 9 months. In either city, the chosen Resident will be able to work with the Staff and develop your own projects while getting a stipend of $3,000 per month. No, I’m not kidding.
What’s the catch?
Well, you have to setup travel and accommodations during your stay. I think the first month would be the most challenging with finances. Afterwards, you should be able to manage the stipend just fine. Of course, I applied, though it took me a few days to create the message required in a 60-90 second video introducing yourself & what you would bring to the table. Finally said everything I wanted to under 90 seconds, which took several takes of trying. 🙂
The chosen Resident should be announced around 9 June 2017.
Periodically, I receive notes from WordPress. I want to share two Milestones with you. First…
I have had a WordPress Blog for seven years. I think I’ve switched blogs once or twice over this time frame, which hurt my progress. Overall, I’m still moving forward…
Congratulations to Luke Atkins, you are my 500th Follower on WordPress. Welcome & Thank You to Nusrath Sariffo’deen, No.501. 🙂 I also have to give a Happy Howdy-Do to Charlotte Hoather, my most active Blog Follower all the way from London. She sings really well. Soprano. Opera.
I have my first excerpt of Script reading planned for tomorrow. Willems Agency needs a Demo Reel of this scene to submit as I get my first crack at Acting in a Film. Am I nervous? Mmm…Curious. I can’t say I know how well my performance will be.
I know. My projects seem to be all over the place. Still, I think this is under the same umbrella as Screenwriting. I just didn’t think I’d get into this branch of the Industry. …Life. What a sense of humor.
Happy Friday Eve.
Eric Christopher Jackson
P.S.: The Exhibition at The Artbox Gallery in Switzerland will be closing on 10 June 2017 to prepare for Art Basel, which begins on 14 June 2017. For those of you in the area, I hope you get a chance to view my artwork available for purchase at both venues. Stay tuned for more details about the exact location of Art Basel.
The Artbox Gallery
General Guisan Strasse 8
+41 79 788 02 02