Art School Boot Camp: Redefining Success as an Artist

Christine Nishiyama, Artist at Might Could Studios

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4 Videos (13m)
    • Introduction

      1:35
    • What Is Your Definition of Success?

      3:00
    • Changing Your Definition of Success

      6:18
    • But What If You Never Get There?

      1:47
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About This Class

In this installment of Art School Boot Camp, we’re looking at what it means to be “successful” as an artist. There are many different ways to define success in a creative career, and they’re often not as straightforward as a typical career. Here are a few definitions I’ve heard from others and said to myself over the years: I’ll be successful when…

  • My art can provide me a full salary
  • I can focus on my art as my full time job
  • My work gets published/sold

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Here’s the thing about creative careers: there are no guarantees. You can pour your heart and soul into your art and never get recognized for it, much less paid for it. But, there’s something we can do about all this stress: we can change our definition of success as artists.

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This idea of redefining success was one of the most impactful changes in my artistic life. It’s led to a lot less stress in my life, and allows me to feel more confident in myself as an artist, so let's jump in and talk about what success really is!

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Wonderful approach to art making!
Christine offers great advice for creators who are frustrated, have lost their passion, or are finding their path to success too slow.
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Thank you! I found this at the exactly perfect moment. Going through artist’s block, questioning why I was making art since it really isnt financially rewarding, and yeah those 20 year olds or first time art makers achieving success - what’s that about?!! This helped me remember why I make art, and why I encourage others to make art. Take the time to watch this, you feel so much better about yourself as an artist. ❤️❤️

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Christine Nishiyama

Artist at Might Could Studios

Hallo! I'm Christine Nishiyama, artist + founder of Might Could Studios.

I make books and comics, and I draw a whoooole lot. I've taught over 40,000 aspiring and established artists, helping them explore their art, gain more confidence, and discover their unique artistic styles.

I've been drawing for over 20 years and have been drawing as my full-time career for over 5 years. My core belief is that art is good and we should all make more of it. Might Could is here to uplift and ...

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