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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

    • What Is Your Definition of Success?

    • Changing Your Definition of Success

    • But What If You Never Get There?


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


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.


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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Thank you sharing this important message! I feel like my story is quite similar. I started too early, made a terrible picture book that no publisher was interested in and then hid it in the drawer. I started to focus on making art and other projects, I learned new skills I needed and I learned mostly from side projects and commissioned work I sometimes got. Now, about 5 years later, I have just finished illustrating a picture book that will be published next spring.
I needed to hear every word of this! I too thought that dropping everything to put my all into my art was the way to go based off others i seen or heard doing such things but now i understand why that isnt working for me so i now know how to change what i consider success to be and to create for the love of it. even if i dont make it big of make the kindamoney to live off of i still get to make art and honestly thats all that matters it removes tons of stress and depression that i put myself through this last year and i thank you so much for that. i can now shift my focus back into learning and growing and being the best me i can be!
Beautiful thank you for sharing this. Believe in thyself above all and the rest will come naturally.





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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