Don’t let your current level determine the structure you set up for the future.
This applies to many areas of life but is very applicable to the path of the artist. Rather than building a structure based on your present situation, prepare for the vision you have for yourself. (And if you don’t have a vision, sit down with your coffee and realize where you want to go in life. No pressure.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
How are you aiming your talent?
What is your process for creating? Do you have regular times you work in the studio? This is the thing you will always be learning as an artist – how to work on your art.
What is your business model? As an artist, you are also an entrepreneur.
Who is your audience? Where do you want to show? Who do you want to work with? Do you want to support community arts? You do want to impact troubled youth? Is your audience international?
Develop a process of creating, as well as a model for business, for success, for showing, for galleries – set your sights on your vision for yourself and aim for that. Don’t settle for small and either (1.) never realize your full vision for your life or (2.) be unprepared for success.
This is the practice of the truly successful in business – they realize a vision for their lives and direct their efforts towards a bigger goal. They look farther than simply the next step in their career. The same principle goes for your art and path of personal development.
Focus on your vision and who you were created to be. Don’t let where you are determine your current step – take your next step based on your vision.