The War of Art: Advice to the artist to be!

The War of Art: Advice to the artist to be!


The War of Art (buy it here!)

The voices in the artist’s head:

What does it mean to be an artist? Why should I consider myself one? Who said photography was art anyway? There are many photographers already, it’s oversaturated. Resistance; all of these are obstacles to your success this is the psychology of creation.

The artist feelings:

Apathy, Sabotage, Procrastination, always comparing yourself to others, I’m not original!

Here is the advice that I’ve taken into my own creative process:

1) Nothing is original. (From the book: Steal Like an Artist- buy it here!)

NothingIsOriginalAustinKleonOn the other hand:

2) It’s not about your photography it’s about YOU! And your STORIES and how you present them. What you see and how it makes you feel. How you make others feel. An that is ALL original!

3) Nothing happens worth while that you don’t put HARD work into. You have to do things meticulously, and sometimes over and over again before you nail it.








4) Create a Routine


5) The artist is a collector and this APP *Evernote is great to collect anything from the internet like websites, images, videos, articles and more. You can even have folders and tags. It’s really neat! 😉IMG_3401evernote-icon


6) A photo that isn’t printed is not a photo, it’s a digital file. Print your photos!


7) Fake it till you make it. You will not be perfect the first time around, but as the old saying goes “Practice makes perfect” . Don’t stop because you made a mistake, get over your mistake. I promise you’ll get better with TIME.

“Every breath we take, every heartbeat, every evolution of every cell comes from God and is sustained by God every second, just as every creation, invention, every bar of music or line of verse, every thought, vision, fantasy, every dumb-ass flop and stroke of genius comes from the infinite intelligence that created us in the universe and all its dimensions, out of the Void, the field of infinite potential, primal chaos, the Muse. To acknowledge that reality, to efface all ego, to let the work come through us and give it back freely to its source, that, in my opinion, is as true to reality as it gets.” S. Pressfield

“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor it’s a gift to the world and every being in it don’t, cheat as of your contribution, give us what you’ve got!” Steven Pressfield


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