In my last post, I wrote:
Realize that you could be worse, but that you are striving for betterment. Don’t stop pushing yourself to grow, but don’t compare yourself to another. That will definitely cause you to become disheartened.
Look at the media that you are trying to break into, realize that there are artists already doing it that aren’t very good (but they are doing it), and then just start trying to get yourself out there and into it (whatever it is for you).
It seems a bit contradictory to write, “don’t compare yourself” but then to write, “realize that there are artists already doing it that aren’t very good”. Why would I do such a thing? Well, I meant both of them. But, I wasn’t clear on either. I rushed out that post (because I didn’t have a lot of time) and i didn’t realize that I had made that simple mistake.
What I meant by “don’t compare yourself” was don’t compare yourself to better artists. Many of them have been doing it longer, do it daily, or have a talent you might not. Don’t judge yourself by them. You will always find yourself coming up short and it is a recipe for disappointment.
However, following and learning from the aforementioned artist/writer will help you to build skill you need to grow. So, pay attention to their work, but don’t judge yourself by their ability.
On the other hand, when I wrote, “realize that there are artists already doing it that aren’t very good”, I meant this is a reality.
You’ve seen them. You know you are better. Okay, now move on.
So, you’re better, but they are doing the work. They are doing what you want to do. If they can, you can as well. Keep working. Publish via a blog, deviant art, dribbble, or some other forum (like ComicCons). It works. It might take some time, but if you keep working and growing you will, most likely, get noticed. The main thing is that you keep trying. Make your own way. Don’t expect someone else to make you successful.
Million dollar question: Has it worked for me? Nope, not yet. I know of others that have been successful posting projects in various forums and have gained well paying jobs.
Though it hasn’t happened to me yet, I am working on my art, writing my stories, and self-publishing. I have only been doing this part (again) for a short period of time. A year at the most. Really, it hasn’t even been that long. I know that opportunities don’t grow up over night. It takes time. It takes effort. And, it takes persistence.
Remember, don’t panic.
Just do it.