- by Barney Davey
If you don’t like your circumstances, get out of your rut and change them. If you can do this with a smile on your face, great. Just don’t think the sunny attitude was the thing that led you from the wilderness when it was smart planning, tough decisions and decisive actions that truly made the difference.
For visual artists who rely on sales of their work to pay the bills, times are precarious, difficult and unpredictable. Sales are hard to come by and often only through painful negotiation. If you are still able to generate sales in this market, you have to feel just as fortunate as those who have a stable job with decent benefits. Things we took for granted not so long ago are precious today.
I have a new guest blog post on Absolute Arts titled Welcome to the Wilderness. It explores how changes in the economy and within the industry are affecting visual artists and the way they do business. One thing is for certain, nothing is the same, nor is it likely to be that way again. To a degree, we are all wanderers in the wilderness seeking to find our way. For those intrepid souls who continue to soldier on against tough conditions, they will find encouragement and suggestions in it.
Here's what one business person had to say upon reading it:
Got your blog… and of course the first thing I had to do was read it!!! Very encouraging for the artists… not so much for us business folks, but often the hard truth is better than veiled hopes.
Among the reasons I write this blog is to be able to tell it like I see it, even when it is the hard truth. Getting a reality check is not as much fun as a slap on the back with an "attaboy" thrown in. But, not facing reality is the cause of much of the difficulties we face now. This includes previous owners of media properties the industry relies on, financial managers asleep at the switch and politicians who over-promise and under-deliver as in "Mission Accomplished."
If those who should have known better, the ones we trusted to make the decisions, in our personal and national best interest, had not been deluded with everything's going to be okay pie-in-the-sky vision and logic, or driven by greed and monumental stupidity, we might not be lamenting our predicament today. But, as the saying goes, "Don't bother closing the door when the cow already has left the barn."
Since we are left to lament, we can choose to be miserable and do nothing about our circumstances, or we can find a way to make things better for ourselves. I am a believer that having a positive attitude can lead to abundance, but only when measured action leads to abundance. Not because I said or wished it to be so. Frankly, I am weary and leery of what has become a near national delusion where masses of people appear to be replacing hope with action.
If you don't like your circumstances, get out of your rut and change them. If you can do this with a smile on your face, great. Just don't think the sunny attitude was the thing that led you from the wilderness when it was smart planning, tough decisions and decisive actions that truly made the difference.