10 tips to boost confidence with Design Aglow contributor Dane Sanders: Part 1
As creative artists, we are constantly judged on whether our work is captivating and compelling, whether our art is "good enough" to purchase; whether we are "good enough" to hire to create something beautiful and truly valuable for clients. Today, we have the most complete catalog of art in history, literally at our fingertips, as the internet flourishes with breathtaking imagery 24/7. Therefore, it is hard not to compare our work to others or to feel envious of the talent and gifts of those who surround us. Here's the thing: we all, at one point or another, struggle with confidence. It is an obstacle we artists tend to face. However, as Margery Williams once said, "It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time." Success doesn't happen all at once. It doesn't! You become successful. It takes time to find success. It comes with perseverance, motivation, inspiration, an abundance of experience and education. We tend to forget this. When success is not felt right away, it seems we quickly lose confidence. Subsequently, when we lose our confidence, we lose our creativity that we depend on to be a success with the negative thoughts we have clouding our minds. It takes time: to learn from mistakes, to master our tools and our craft, to run an authentic business and to adapt to the ever-evolving technology. Truthfully, it takes time becoming the artist we feel confident being. It does not happen overnight or all at once, we become.
Here are ten tips from Dane Sanders we found to be helpful to increase our confidence level and to enhance our creativity as we become the artist we are meant to be.
Do you feel overworked and underpaid? Does it pain you to deliver digital images...but no album or wall portraits? Do you believe in tangible products, but don't think your market can support higher priced items?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above, you're not alone and there IS a solution:In-Person Sales. There's no limit to how much more money you can make by providing IPS instead of online sales or shoot & burn. Or how many hours you'll save because you'll be able to shoot fewer sessions to generate the same revenue. Or how many hours of sleep you'll get because you won't be worrying about money.
The iPhone camera is an incredibly powerful tool. After learning a few basics, you can start practicing your own skills with what I like to call a “creative exercise régime.” First of all, l always hold my phone horizontally with two hands. I form a "C" with my left thumb and forefinger and tuck the phone into it so it rests on my hand with my middle finger holding it up along the back. Then with my right hand I form a similar backwards C with the phone against the palm of my hand and use my right thumb to take the picture. By having a steady hold on the phone, I eliminate shake. The result is a sharper image.
This past March, my family and I took a road trip from Marietta, Georgia to Charleston, South Carolina. The trip fell during the first few days of spring, and we all dreamed of warmer weather and a nice change of scenery! Our trip started on a Friday and ended the following Monday, but despite it’s brevity, it was an amazing experience!