Let’s play a game: I throw a word at you, and then you tell me if it applies to you, or if it should.
The word of the day is emancipation.
And no, I’m not talking about feminism or women’s rights.
What I’m talking about is your life as an artist, and the Merriam-Webster definition of the word:
1: to free from restraint, control, or the power of another; especially : to free from bondage
2: to release from paternal care and responsibility and make sui juris
3: to free from any controlling influence (as traditional mores or beliefs)
It’s the nutshell version of everything I stand for and preach as an art biz coach.
I especially like the ‘sui juris’ part, which means: ‘of one’s own right’.
As long as you don’t take control and steer the ship called ‘your art career’ by yourself, you are effectively under the controlling influence of the establishment.
Which, if you’ve ever seen your gallery sales go down, you know to be no fun.
Or having a gallery turn you down.
Ow… patriarch didn’t esteem you high enough?
Bad bad patriarch.
Yes indeed. Very bad patriarch.
Said it before and will say it again: you don’t need no permission.
You already have it, and don’t limit yourself by waiting for the permission of gatekeepers or other pundits.
You don’t need approval – you just need to get your artist self out there and find your audience.
Because if you don’t, maybe the etymological root of the word emancipate will drive home my point.
It comes from the Latin ‘mancipium’, and you know what that means?
It means slave.
So, artist. How about you unslave yourself?
Take control, bypass the old models, and take the driver’s seat?
Your life is yours, it fits you like your skin.
You get to design it exactly the way you want to, provided you’re willing to throw off the fetters.
It might be scary, and you might not know which direction to go.
But that’s exactly why there’s guys like me, to give you direction and to keep you moving.
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Or, if you really want to go fast, you get me to coach you.
Either way, it’s time to set yourself free. You have my permission.
Let me know what you think, or if you need any help.