Yes, summer is almost over, it is the last day of August for me here in NYC and I am looking forward to the art festivals and fairs that are happening this fall. I have applied to a few exhibits and unfortunately, I was rejected.
Yes, I was disappointed but being an artist does not mean just making art all year and waiting for someone to ‘discover’ you. You got to do the work.
I know for sure, some people may never do what they want to do is due to fear and specifically the fear of rejection. Here are a few pointers:
Don’t take it personal
Life is not easy, but if you really want to enjoy life, you also have to work in the disappointments or rather obstacles when it comes to getting what you want. In this case of an art fair, I know the curator probably just did not like my work or she was just tired of seeing all of these artists’ applications come in. Either way, I was not selected, but that mean I would not take it personal. I don’t know the curator and the curator does not know me, so I’ll just apply next year and look at other alternatives.
Okay so you got rejected one time, does not mean you don’t apply ever again. Don’t you know there are about 10-15 no’s before you get to a yes. You got to work it and definitely your chances of being recognized would not happen, if you stop applying. Be consistent. In this case, I know that although I was rejected, does not mean I will stop applying. I just got to check other alternatives and still apply to that art show next year.
Talk to people
This is kind of hard for me, because believe it or not, I’m a very private person. You probably figured that out already. After being rejected, sometimes, you want to give up and not talk to anyone because you feel like a fool. Have a pity party and get over yourself, we should not be a pit stop too long in order to enjoy the journey. Release your feelings to someone, vent a bit and then go on.
Those are three ways you can deal with rejection. First, you must be confident and know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, that there is no one like you. If someone doesn’t like your work or you, that’s their loss. God bless you!
For the love of God and Art
Thru His vessel JB