Art School Boot Camp: Redefining Success as an Artist

Christine Nishiyama, Illustrator/Writer 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

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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A short powerful, inspiring and uplifting motivational talk! Highly recommend for any artist beginning or seasoned.
Marlon B.

A Sense Of Wonder

Very encouraging course =) I always say that I won't be the best illustrator but while I love what I draw I'll be happy.
Tina Tamay

videogame 3d artist that love drawing

very poignant and heartfelt advice. Thank you so much for sharing this, I needed it !

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Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

Hallo! I'm Christine, illustrator and writer at Might Could Studios.

I make books and comics, and I love to draw! I've worked with over 50 companies, created over 15 courses, and taught over 40,000 aspiring and established artists, helping them learn new skills, grow more confident, and develop their unique artistic styles.

I've been drawing for over 20 years, working independently for 5 years, making books for 3 years, and now I'm finally putting my books out into the wild. My ...

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