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.