Talent and a polished portfolio are only one part of being a professional artist. Your fantastic work will only take you so far if you are unreliable or difficult to work with.
You may be the best writer, modeler, draftsman, painter or designer, but if you can’t take critical feedback, work collaboratively with others or meet a deadline, you will find difficulty in maintaining longevity in your career.
This crucial tidbit of advice holds true across disciplines and creative industries.
The most successful artists not only possess refined artistic ability, but also understand the need for being a productive and reliable professional, fostering positive relationships and reputation.
So push your work to be better and better. Learn new techniques and diversify skill-set, but don’t neglect the art of being a professional. Your career will thank you for it.
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It’s easy to become jaded in a professional setting. Employees do their jobs, and they are financially compensated for it. Money however, is often not the most important component in keeping folks positive and engaged. Let team members know how much you appreciate them going the extra mile to do an exceptional job. Tell them you’ve noticed how they are giving of their time, helping other team members to grow or execute against a challenging assignment. Give thanks!! Let your team know their contributions are meaningful and appreciated.
The best leaders and managers truly care about people. They understand the importance of listening and developing rapport. For folks wanting to take that management leap, first and foremost I suggest just being a person and treating others in kind. Don't judge negatively from the hip. Approach situations with self awareness and understanding.
We talk a lot about contrast in the process of art production, but it's usually mentioned in the context of value. At its core, contrast is about differentiation, making elements separate from one another to bolster visual clarity. In order to stimulate the eye of a viewer, you need that push and pull. If everything is the same, boring right? So taking the notion of contrast further, consider it in the context of not only value, but also contrast of form, scale and silhouette. Think about dynamic color schemes with contrast in hue or contrast in your levels of saturation. Play with contrast in texture and levels of detail too! Bottom line is contrast is not only about value, but about pushing and pulling with all of the tools at your disposal to create amazing visual content that will stimulate and excite your audience.
Being positive is infectious. If you face challenges with enthusiastic optimism, your team will follow you. Support them with understanding and encouragement, and it will be returned in kind. Being unnerved and cheerful in the face of challenges, your team will feed off of that confidence. CHOOSE to be positive and you will be rewarded for it!
Taking on a task you’ve never done before is uncomfortable for most people. As creatures of habit, we prefer the safety of the known and familiar, but growth often requires venturing into unexplored territory. You’re not alone in your discomfort. Welcome that feeling as a required vehicle to your final destination. The more familiar you are with discomfort, the less it will affect you each time you encounter it!