Art School Boot Camp: Redefining Success as an Artist Premium class

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!

76 of 77 students recommendSee All

Great way to reassess your value as an artist.
We all need to reevaluate how we define success. This class is an excellent reevaluation guide.
That course is very inspiring. I recommend it for all the people who try to find their own way on art. Just believe in your dreams and work a lot.





Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

Christine Fleming is an illustrator and writer working out of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, and is now working as an author/illustrator creating picture books, graphic novels, and editorial work.

Christine is represented by Danielle Smith at Red Fox Literary, and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) where she was awarded the honor of SCBWI Illustrator of the Month after attending the SCBWI National Conference in New York.

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