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Rogue Artist Skills - Staying Authentic In Your Creative Business

teacher avatar Rafi Perez, Endlessly Inspired By The Stuff Of Life

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13 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Introduction Staying Authentic In Your Creative Business

      2:22
    • 2. Why Is It Important To Be Authentic In Your Creating

      4:05
    • 3. Creatively Authentic Question 1

      0:39
    • 4. Creatively Authentic Question 1 Discussion

      4:00
    • 5. Creatively Authentic Question 2

      0:58
    • 6. Creatively Authentic Question 2 Discussion

      5:39
    • 7. Creatively Authentic Question 3

      1:33
    • 8. Creatively Authentic Question 3 Discussion

      3:13
    • 9. Creatively Authentic Question 4

      0:53
    • 10. Creatively Authentic Question 4 Discussion

      4:22
    • 11. Creatively Authentic Question 5

      0:35
    • 12. Creatively Authentic Question 5 Discussion

      3:11
    • 13. Final Thoughts On Being Authentic

      5:10
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This lesson is about leveraging your unique creativity to define your business and not allowing fame, attention, or money to dictate the direction of your creativity. In this lesson, you will learn how to identify false starts, question projects, and move forward in a powerful and genuine way for your creative business. The only skills you need for this class is the ability to blaze your own trail, or at least want to. I have found that staying authentic in your creativity is the only way to consistently grow, and I believe knowing how to do so is vastly important to your business and wellbeing. You will be able to use these skills within your creative business and in other areas of your life.

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Rafi Perez

Endlessly Inspired By The Stuff Of Life

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My Name is Rafi Perez and I am an award winning fine artist, my wife Klee Angelie is a jewelry designer, and this has been our professional career for the last decade. We have been sharing videos about our art career and art tips over the last few years. We try to give practical, real advice, and try to bring fun back into the trials of navigating an art career.  

We both have a passion for experimentation, creation, and pushing boundaries which sometimes leads to either disastrous or wonderful results.

We will be sharing lessons about our techniques in art and jewelry, DIY art and jewelry equipment, Art Career Best Practices, and The Artist Mindset that has helped us navigate successfully through our career.  

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1. Introduction Staying Authentic In Your Creative Business: Ola, you amazing artists. My name is Rafi and I have been an artist for Ah, little over a decade. That's all I do for a living, and this class is about staying authentic in your creativity in your creative business. In this class, we're going to talk about leveraging your unique creativity in order to define your business and not allow yourself to get distracted from who you are and what you do in order to chase fame, fortune, glory, money, any of those things that a lot of times may motivate us to move in a direction that, um, isn't necessarily us. In my brief career as an artist, I know that I have faced that roadblock several times because a lot of times you don't even notice when Maybe your motivations are a little sq. There's a Siris of questions that I asked myself whenever I am deciding to work on a new project, head in a new direction with my studio, decide to do a collaboration project with someone else that allow me to look closely and make sure that I am staying consistent and I'm saying authentic with who I am. This classes for beginning artists that are still trying to find their voice or even established artist that maybe find themselves heading in a direction that they didn't want to head in in the first place. It's also for us creatives out there that want to make sure that what we're doing and the direction that we're heading in is genuinely us. I'm going to talk about the pitfalls of what happens when you don't stay authentic with yourself, because, ah, lot of times it seems like it's no big deal. But trust me, I could tell you from experience that when you are running any creative endeavor, in fact, when you're running any kind of business for yourself, you're gonna want to make sure that you stay true to who you are and the things that you want in life. The reason that I'm doing this lesson is because I think that this is number 11 of the most important things that you could do with your creative career, not only for your career but for your well being. When you don't stay true to yourself, Ah, you end up pigeonholing or niche ing yourself into a category that later on you're going to discover you don't want to be in. So if you're interested in finding out more than, uh, proceed 2. Why Is It Important To Be Authentic In Your Creating: I'm very happy that you decided to proceed with the class because this is one of the things that I think is the most important thing that you could look at, Um, when you were creative or you're running a creative business. This is probably something that I do the most, if not daily in my studio. Whenever I'm deciding to pursue a project, a new endeavour, when I'm thinking about taking my website in a new direction when I'm thinking about possibly posting a video on YouTube or we're thinking about talking about a podcast whenever we are presenting ourselves out into the world, even in social media, I make it a point to be sure that I am staying genuine and authentic to who I am. And there are several reasons why I do that. I think originally when I first started my art career, Ah, lot of the advice that I got from some of the local artist and artists around the country was just create the stuff that is popular, create stuff that you know is going to sell. Make sure that you follow into some kind of niche. So, for example, dog Portrait's are very popular in this area and also Seascapes and things like that. I had a lot of discouraging points of view when it came to my art, because a lot of artists would look at and say, Well, that that's not the kind of stuff that sells in this area. You're better off creating this and this and this. The thing about it was that I didn't feel passionate about this and this and this. I had my own weird style of things that I wanted to create. Of course, starting off like one of the first things I did was, um, follow their advice. I mean, there were artists. They knew what they were talking about. I had just started my career. It didn't take very long for me to realize that I absolutely did not enjoy ah, working on the specific art that they had suggested that they had mentioned to me. And as it turns out, what ended up happening was the more pieces that I sold, and the more popular that I became for that kind of are the more demand there was for this art that just didn't feel genuine to me, and sure I was making money because I was selling art. But pretty much what I was doing was niche ing myself into a category that I didn't want to be in in the first place. And the reason I was snitching myself in that category was because it was easy. It was easier to create those kind of pieces of work than to try and find my following. When you say true and authentic to yourself. Chances are it's going to take a little bit longer to grow a following because people need to find you. People need to find you. You need to make your stuff available to them. You need to put it out there and in the beginning there's gonna be a lot of crickets. But what'll end up happening is that like minded people that enjoy the kind of stuff that you enjoy are going to find your work and thus you're following grows organically and they are very, very loyal to you and the stuff that you create because you are authentic in your genuine What do I do in order to stay authentic and genuine? There are a series of questions that I ask myself and what I'm gonna do is ask you the question. And then I want you to pause this lesson or whatever. Take a moment to answer. Either write down your answer or just think about what it means to you. And then in the next section, we're going to discuss the question why that question is important and there are several questions that will go through. And then, at the very end, I'm just going to recap with, um, some my closing thoughts. Apply this to a specific project. Make sure that it's a specific project or endeavor or direction that you're heading in. Something to do with your creative business, something to do with whatever it is that you are creating. Think of something specific and then answer these questions when it comes to that, all right, and when you're ready to get started, just go to the next video 3. Creatively Authentic Question 1: So the first question that I asked myself has to do with the project. And the question is, does doing this project really matter to you? And if it does, why does it matter? And if it doesn't, why doesn't it matter to you? Now? Try to be really, really genuine with yourself, because this is where if you are trying toe, fool yourself into doing something for other reasons than what the true reason is. This is where you get to investigate that. So go ahead and answer that question and then proceed to the next video, where we'll talk a little bit more about your answer. 4. Creatively Authentic Question 1 Discussion: So if you've got your answer, the one thing that you're gonna want to do is make sure that you are being completely genuine with yourself because, um, a lot of times our motivations get masked over ah, by something altruistic like, well, think to ourselves like, Well, the reason I want to do this is because I've always wanted to do this when in actuality, the underlying factor of the reason why you want to do something might be attached to some fear, either You think that by doing this thing, that you are gonna be able to make more money, that by doing this thing, that you are going to get some fame, that you're going to get some attention that you're gonna get more likes more followers, more sales. Um, a lot of times you have to break it down and really, really be honest with yourself about what your motivation is. For example, I told you the story about when I started. I did not want to create beach landscapes, and yet I find myself pouring a lot of energy and time into creating these beach landscapes because that's what I was told was going to sell now. I didn't feel passionate about the work, and in fact, what ended up happening was that it was working against me because I can't sit there and get excited about a work of mine that doesn't really mean that much to me on the inside. And so when I go out and do a festival or do a show or something and somebody would ask me about the work, there just wasn't any excitement behind what I was talking about. What ended up happening was that yell out of those pieces sold from people that I really didn't care what the motivation was behind it. But a lot of those pieces did not sell because people just that people that wanted to buy genuine work from the artist when they would talk about the peace and ask me questions about the peas. They just didn't get that extra excitement. So that's one of the reasons that it's really important to take a close look at what your actual motivations are behind something. And just be honest with yourself about that because, ah, lot of times, the easy decisions for us to make that are not in line with who we are have a lot more to do with some kind of fear or insecurity. This question always gives me the opportunity to really check in with myself and take a look like, Do I really want to do this? Do I really, really want to? And why? That's where when I asked myself why Because I might be like, Yeah, of course I want. Do this. Well, why do I want to do this? And that's where the bullshit comes to. The top comes to the surface. And if I don't want to do it, I also have to question that as well. With the beach scene beach style artwork. Um, I had to stop and ask myself, Well, why is it that I don't want to create this? And I realized, Well, I don't wanna be niche, so I don't want or whatever and then ask myself, What would I be willing to create something like that that were in an abstract where I am taking in the feelings that I have when I go to the beach and putting them into an abstract piece, and that was totally up my alley. So there was this weird compromise where I decided that I was gonna create beach scenes that were abstract, so they weren't necessarily like beach scene art. But they were my style of what the representation was for me because I discovered that the reason I didn't want to after after ah, I had some experience was because I had basically drawn a line in the sand. And it was like I refused to do this just on principle. So ask yourself those questions back and forth. Do I really want to do this or do I not really want to do this and why? If you want, just take a moment to think about that a little bit more and then proceed to the next video and get the next question. 5. Creatively Authentic Question 2: Okay, so this next question eyes kind of like a second partner to that first question. And the question is by doing this project or moving in this direction or in this endeavor, is it going to generate money? Do I think it's going to generate money? It's going to generate fame. It's going to generate more followers. It's going to generate attention. What kind of benefit am I gonna get? Do I believe that I'm going to get from doing this thing And is it a make it or break it moment? Like, do I believe that if I don't do this, I am not going to be able to achieve that goal? If so, why is that important to me? That's the important part of this question. Is it going to generate thes things for me if I do this? And why is that so important to me now? Think about that for a little while and then proceeds in the next section, and we'll talk a little bit more about it. 6. Creatively Authentic Question 2 Discussion: Okay, So you've answered this question. This question is, ah, one of those questions that really, really is going to get in there and define for yourself maybe some insecurities that you have. Ah, when it comes to certain topics within your business, I could tell you right now that if you're human ah, and especially if you're a creative human, there are going to be a lot of motivating factors that are not part of who we really are. They have to do a lot more with, um, societal standards and prestige. I mean, I I know that for a long time, with my own career. Ah, lot of my motivation because I wasn't looking deeper into it. A lot of my motivation was proving myself to my father and by proving myself to my father meant I had to create a successful career. And then finally, he'll get off my back about being an artist. A lot of my motivation was in trying to get prestige and stuff. And of course, that totally backfired cause like if I won an award or a sold an expensive piece, he just he was like, Oh, you know, because it really ultimately, he didn't care what I was doing as long as I was happy. So when you're looking at this because this actually allows you to take a look and see what is the overarching, uh, insecurity that might be dominating. Ah, lot of the smaller questions that you have about which way to go if you're feeling like there is a lack of money. Ah, lot of times, um, some of the experiences that I've run into and that I've even experienced myself is artist um coming off is desperate in trying to sell their art and making a lot of really dumb choices when it comes to try and sell their art. That that just comes off as desperate. Unfortunately, one of the best ways to approach the concept of money is to make choices that are genuine to you, even though right off the bat, they don't seem like they're gonna be lucrative. And that's one of the issues that we run into as creative. A lot of times there are creative projects and things that I'm working on that really seem counterproductive to running a business because they're not gonna make me any money. I'm going to spend money working on this, said project. And it's just there are no guarantees. There are no guarantees that people will buy it. There are no guarantees that people will like it. There are just no guarantees. Even if you've convinced yourself that, yes, this is a thing that sells. There are no guarantees, so you might as well work on something that is passionate to you, not doing it to try and get fame to try and get attention. I know a lot of artists that do shock value artwork because they're trying to get attention and it just doesn't fit. It's not genuine to who they are. If if you're a shock chuck, artists or whatever and that's just your personality, that's fine. But if not, just remember that if your motivation is anything other than your own genuine, I want to create this because this is what I want to see in the world. I want to experience this. I want to do this thing. I don't know if this thing is gonna make me any money, but this is what I want to create that is staying true and genuine to yourself and honestly , you won't hear a lot of artists talk about that because a lot of artists do jump on that niche because money is important. But the fact of the matter is that if you want to do something, then I suggest that you do it and really, really take a look and see why. Maybe it is that you're not doing it or why it is that you're heading in a direction that maybe you don't want to head in in the first place. I could tell you right now that there are a lot of things that I do that when I first started out doing them, they didn't make me any money. And the motivation behind them wasn't because I wanted to make money was because I wanted to see them. But then eventually those things turned into multiple streams of income. So I sell T shirts. I saw posters. I saw artwork. I sell music. I saw motivational MP threes. I sell all kinds of stuff furniture, stuff, pillows and things like that that have funny sayings on them because I like wearing those kind of things, and so I create the things that I want for myself. and then I just monetize on them. I put him out there, and sometimes they do well, and sometimes they don't. Even if you think that something is guaranteed, it is always a crapshoot. The beauty of really taking a look at those motivations is that either get to proceed through your entire our career, being genuine and creating the things that you love to create and having your people find you, or creating a career where you are in itched in something that you just really don't feel passionate about. The really curious thing is that what makes us so amazingly creative and unique is that passion. And so if you get used to just creating stuff for the sake of creating them, because you're creating them for money, fame, attention, whatever it is, and you're not creating them because that's what you want to see in the world, then it's very easy to lose that passion. And once you lose that passion, then this just becomes a job. If you want, contemplate that for a little bit, and when you are ready to ask yourself the next question, just proceed to the next video 7. Creatively Authentic Question 3: Okay, So this question has to do with where the idea came from and the way that you look at other people. So did you get this idea, Um, from someone. Ah, by looking at someone by looking at somebody's career by looking at a project that somebody was doing, Did you get this idea from someone else? Or was it something that just sparked your interest? Right? Like maybe you saw it somewhere else. But it inspired something within you. Or are you looking at someone who you think has a better career than you do a better head on their shoulders? Better artwork, better whatever. Like your lacking. And so they must be doing the right thing. So that's what I need to do. Are you doing it because you think that that's what you need to do because someone else who is smarter or more talented to the new or more famous or whatever it is that you want more wealthy, whatever, that's what they're doing. So that's what I should be doing. Is it in line with who you are? Was it something that actually inspired you? Do it like were you inspired like Okay, this person is by all That's so cool. I want to do something like that. Or is it because they have something that you want? For example, you want wealth, You want fame? You want Neuer notoriety. You want those kind of things. They have it, and that's what they're doing. So this is why I'm going to do it. So at take a look at that project, ask yourself that question and we'll discuss it shortly in the next section. 8. Creatively Authentic Question 3 Discussion: Okay, so this is a deep question because you're playing into the insecurity that ah, lot of artists have. One thing I could tell you in in having done this for almost a decade now is if you are comparing yourself to any other artists out there, any other artist, like, if you're comparing yourself to somebody, that is, that you consider a crappy artist, somebody who's like, Oh, they're, well, they're never gonna do anything above. Ah, then you are trying to make yourself feel better by putting someone else down. If you are comparing yourself to somebody who has more fame, more money, more whatever and you're thinking to yourself like they've got their crap together, I need to be more like them. I need to do what they're doing because that's the reason that they are where they are. I could tell you right now that if you are spending your time looking outside of yourself and outside of who you are as an artist and what your motivations are and who you want to be and you're looking to other people for guidance on whether or not you're good enough, whether it's somebody is worse than I am, or somebody is better than I am. Um, you're gonna drive yourself crazy. You are not going to survive this already horrendously crazy journey full of rejection failures and trials and tribulations of being a creative. What I suggest is, if you look at somebody and something inspires you like you are inspired something within you, you're like, Oh, that's really cool. Maybe that's something that I want to do. Awesome. That is awesome. But if you are looking at somebody for guidance or you are looking at somebody to make yourself feel better about yourself, then chances are that your motivations for your next project or the direction that you want to head in our sq you're not you're not thinking straight because you're not looking at the world, uh, through a view that has only to do with your uniqueness and who you are and blazing your own trail. Because when you're an artist, honestly, that's what you're doing. You are so unique in everything that you dio, including the art that you create, that you have to find your niche. You become your brand. You are the niche. It's not about dog Portrait's, and there's 50,000 artists out there that do dog Portrait's It is how you create these portraiture of this pet portraiture. It's all about being unique. So when you sit there, you bring any other perspective in where it is someone else's unique journey you could never achieve that you can never, ever, ever achieve that, and you're just gonna be spinning your wheels and going nowhere. So take a close look at that and and see, like if you spent a lot of time comparing yourself to other artists or other people, um, start focusing more on you and what you want to do and what you have done and how much you have grown and evolved within your career. Because, really, that's ultimately the only thing that matters. And when you're ready for the next question, just go to the next video and we'll get that started 9. Creatively Authentic Question 4: Okay, so this question ties into all the previous questions because they all tie into them. And honestly, sometimes they feel a little redundant. But there's a reason why I asked myself these questions in this specific manner. And the question is by doing this thing by by pursuing this new endeavor by pursuing this project by doing this thing, am I going to impress anyone? Do I feel like I am impressing somebody? Do I feel like I am impressing society? Do I feel like I am impressing somebody by doing this thing? Like, if I do this, is it going to earn me some accolades? Ah, are people going to look at me differently? Are they going to take me seriously for once at take a look at that project, Ask yourself that question and we'll discuss it shortly in the next section. 10. Creatively Authentic Question 4 Discussion: take a look and see if there are any parts of doing this thing where the motivation has more to do with getting some kind of attention or getting, ah, some kind of prestige or or ah, namesake or label or whatever it is that a lot of people are looking for. The art world is notorious for accolades and labels because of the fact that the art world is very much dominated by the gatekeepers. So in order to get into a gallery, you got to go through the gate keepers in order to get into on auction house or a museum or anything like that. There are a series of gatekeepers in our critics and things like that that you have to go through and a lot of times, in order to be able to get into something or even be looked at by a certain gatekeeper, you already have to have certain notches and accolades on your belt. Obviously, when you take a look at this outside of the structure of the art world, it is very ridiculous because it's art, you know, like this is completely subjective and relative, and everybody has a different opinion about what it is that they like and they don't like when it comes to art because we've been so acclimated to that being the structure of the art world, a lot of time, some of the directions that we want to go in, um have to do with that old structure and just maybe a seeping belief system of I have to do these things to be able to prove myself two people. And so, like, if your motivation behind the project or whatever it is has to do with proving yourself in some way, shape or form to someone else, then your motivations gonna be askew on that one as well. In my book, I talk about like blazing your own trail and moving forward and doing your own thing and realizing that when you are outside of that structure, you can navigate through that structure in a very authentic way So you could go to the gatekeepers and be like, I really don't care what you have to say Here it is and understand that their decision, their choice about your artwork, is not the law, they're just one person. And they were giving you an opinion on the artwork. That has a lot more to do with whether or not someone is going to buy it, whether or not they have a collector base that actually fits into that based on who they are. So you're able to navigate through gatekeepers and able to navigate through the art world by blazing your own trail because you don't have to stay on that path. You don't have to stay on that standard path of like This is the way that it is, and this is how I have to do it. And this is how it's been done before, and this is the way that everyone does it. So this is what I have to follow. Instead, you get to blaze your own trail, and if you want to work on a project, you're working on the project because you want to work on the project. Not because that's what you're supposed to do. You're supposed to do this if you want to be a nart ist. I had an artist get into a huge argument with me because he wanted to basically go to like Art Basil and his idea of getting his artwork out there and under, and his belief system was that the only way that his art would become important is if it sold for millions of dollars right, that it needed to get to specific that there were some collectors that were better than other collectors. Ah, because they they're the ones that matter. Basically, he had this whole comparison thing going on with collectors and himself as an artist. And he thought to himself, his art doesn't matter. He doesn't matter because he's not being collected by these people. And so his plan was to go and smooth with people at Art Basil to basically kiss somebody's . But in order to try and get noticed by gatekeepers and to me, that is not blazing your own trail. To me, it's like get noticed by doing your own thing and be so freaking awesome at what you dio they They can't help but notice you. And then the gatekeepers could come to you instead of you go into the gatekeepers and begging them for a morsel. And it's that's that's the That's a Sfar, as I'm gonna go with that rant when you are ready to ask yourself the next question, go to the next section 11. Creatively Authentic Question 5: So this question is like, overall when it comes to me and I'll ask myself this question, whether it is just overall on who I am or, um, whenever I am thinking of a specific project and the question is, Do I hold back when I'm not sure of what the next steps are? Do I need someone to tell me what to do? And, uh or am I willing to just blaze my own trail and flail my way through it? Go ahead and answer that question and then proceed to the next video, where we'll talk a little bit more about your answer. 12. Creatively Authentic Question 5 Discussion: do I need someone to tell me what to do? And, uh or am I willing to just blaze my own trail and flail my way through it? And what I've discovered is that when you are ah, wanting to do something because you're passionate about it, um, chances are you don't care if you're doing it right or you're doing it wrong. You just want to try this thing. You just want to do this thing. I'm just gonna jump in with both feet and I'm just gonna do this thing and whatever comes of it, whatever comes of it when there is any extra, like any hidden motivations there, that's where a lot of that fear comes in. And so you tend to hesitate and you tend to be a little bit more, um, careful about stepping forward, and you've got to make sure that you get it perfect and there's all these. It's less fun because you're more concerned about getting it wrong. You want to make sure that you get it right when you are doing a creative project where it's just something I It's just something I want to see. I just want it. I want to be able to do this like when I wrote my book. Um, I just want to have a published. But this question was something that I had to ask myself, because at the end of the day, I just wanted to produce something that I wanted to see. I wanted to be a published author. I wanted to create something fun and not worry so much about whether or not people liked it or they, you know, they didn't. Obviously, I want them to like it, But chances are not everybody was going to like it. That's just the nature of being a creative and putting yourself out there. I can't tell you how many videos we have on YouTube that are all about motivating artists and getting out there and how many dislikes there are on those videos. But there are a whole bunch of likes, and with the book, it's the same thing. Some people like it. Some people don't like it with this class. Some of you are going to think that this is very beneficial. Some of you are gonna be like this sucks. You cannot control what lens other people look at your creative projects through. The only thing that you could control is whether or not this is something that I want to do . And am I excited about it and and, you know, if I screwed up, is that okay? If I fall flat on my face, could I keep going? Could I keep doing this? And if it is a genuine project, something that you really, really, genuinely want to do, chances are, yes, I'm gonna I'm gonna keep going to flail heroically through this entire process and get this done. But if it is something that someone else is doing or you think that that's what you're supposed to do chances are, uh, it's not gonna be as fun. And it may actually turn against you become something that's very discouraging. That's one of the other pitfalls of doing something that you think you're supposed to do instead of it being something that you actually genuinely want to do. So contemplate that for a little bit, and that's it, you guys. That's the final question that I asked myself and, ah, just go to the next section and I'll give you my final thoughts on this whole thing. 13. Final Thoughts On Being Authentic: final thoughts time. I'm I'm very stoked that you guys were still here that you've gone through this weird process that I go through off asking myself these questions and it is very, very important. Like I said, these are questions that I asked myself almost on daily when it comes to anything that I'm doing because it is very, very easy for these little tiny insecurities to seep in and, um, start tricking yourself. We're very good at tricking ourselves into doing the things that we think we're supposed to be doing versus doing the things that we want to do. And I know that a lot of people watching this will argue with me and say, Well, Rafi, sometimes there are things that you have to do. And yes, I agree there are sometimes things that you have to do, don't get bogged down by them. For example, a lot of people say, Well, you got to pay your taxes, you can hire it. A bookkeeper, you gotta You gotta do your marketing online. You have to do Mark, then hire somebody to do your marketing. You want to make sure that if you are doing anything that there's a way that you can emotionally get behind it in, ah, in an empowering way. So even if it is posting to social media consistently, it's one of the reasons that I don't post on social media for advertising purposes. I post on social media to keep almost like a journal like an online journal, and I just share the same image across all my social media platforms. And a lot of people think that I'm really good at marketing. But in actuality, if I was trying to market to people, I don't want to do that. So because I don't want to do that, um, I just wouldn't I wouldn't do it would end up becoming a headache every day. I would struggle. What am I getting? We're gonna post today when I might, you know, whatever, Or do people think that I'm trying to sell him? Am I coming off his desperate like I don't have to worry about any of that stuff because I'm just keeping an online journal for myself that I happen to be sharing with everyone in the social media world. It's the ability to look at those things that maybe you do want to do, but you're not sure that the motivation behind them is not good. And then there are the things that, like the motivation behind them, there's no way to tweak that. It's just you are doing this out of a sense of insecurity because if you don't do it, then you are a failure or whatever it is that that it is. So these questions really allow me to identify and then think about it and contemplated. And basically, what you want to do is after you've asked yourself these questions, give yourself some time. Whether or not you're sitting outside thinking about it, just give yourself some time to contemplate this. You want to be able to take a look at that and identify what is the most empowering or authentic thing that I could do with this information, like, What can I do? And basically I've got it set to four different things. What am I going to do? I'm either going to scrap the project, scrap this whole idea. I am going to evolve. I am going to take a look and see if I could change my perspective on it and make it something that I could feel passionate about. I am going to change directions. I am either going to take this. Okay, Well, this part of this is a good idea, but this is heading in a direction that I don't want to go in. But I could take this part of this idea and go in this direction, which is definitely a direction that I want to go in or you decide. Yes, this is exactly what I want to do and you move forward. What these questions do for me is that they define some kind of meaning like this is important for me to do. This is important to me, not necessarily important for me to do, but this is important to me. Like these are the reasons like, yeah, I've thought about this. I've gone through this that way. When people question the direction that you want to head in with something, you've already thought of all of these things. That's what sets you apart from every other artist, creative maker. Whoever it is, that's out. There doesn't matter if you guys create the same style paintings. It doesn't matter if you guys create the same style of jewelry. The fact of the matter is that you create unique pieces that only you could create because there's never been anybody out there that's like you. And there you will never be anybody out there that's exactly like you that sees the world through the filter that you see the world through that sees the world through your eyes and creates with those hands that are very uniquely yours. So embrace that authenticity, embrace that uniqueness that is you and just move forward with that Doesn't matter if you are awkward, if you're weird, if you are, Ah, whatever it is that you want to label yourself, just be the thing that feels most genuine to who you are and let that shine out in the world. And thank you so much for watching this, You guys, that is the end to the lesson. And if you want to share any of your insights or anything like that with me, go ahead and leave that in the project folder and I'm going to sign off now and say, Ah, the owes, you guys are awesome