Perseverance, the word that is great in concept but difficult in action.
In pursuit of your art, the necessity to not give up but in fact prevail is paramount. If one gives up, their work will not reach the audience that it deserves and thus, the spark will shudder and finally disappear. An artist must work continuously. Each day is another stepping stone to the day in which their work is recognised and appraised.
It is hard, however, to keep the necessary pressure upon yourself and your work each day. It is critical however that you do this. Yes, you are able to have rest days and time off, but it is your future you’re working towards and thus, it must be nurtured and respected.
An artist works long hours, tirelessly trying to improve their creations. You, an artist, must do similar. No individuals work is perfect and flawless. There is always room for improvement.
You must search for approval foremost from yourself. If you are never happy with your own work, you will never be satisfied with the words from others. Approval comes from within. It always has.
You’re an artist. Persevere until your work is appraised both internally as well as externally.
You’ve got this.
I walk there. It does not matter. I walk away, a scene follows. Temporary but permanent, a fleeting moment can turn solid. Horror insures. I can be lost at whim, but only I can choose to be found. The decision lays with me, but I tremble under the weight. Confusion is a haunting disease, driving me mad. I look to my pen to guide me safely home. Sometimes that even leaves me. I can run, the beach calling me with its songs of woe. Beauty, a kiss on the heart, caressing me with delicate fingers. The moon draws me forth, a celestial guardian who seeks company in her solitude. Luna I say, where is Sol? She speaks of sadness, a lonely lover.
A tear escapes, a gentle reminder that I am human and understand the human spirit. I am not alone in this confusion. Not as long as Luna guides me with her light.
When in production of content, first opinions of it are incredibly important. If the viewer does not resonate with your content at a first glance, it is highly likely that they will move on from it. It is the sad truth of many industries.
Consumers only view content that grabs them immediately. When on a front page of a website/ blog, it must immediately draw the viewer in with its professionalism, design and content. If it does not achieve these 3 points, the viewer more than likely will leave.
This can be achieved with good graphics (A good logo, great images and well chosen font eg), a nice layout, content that is interesting and new ( even perhaps a different angle on a popular topic?) and a personality that is likeable.
The use of programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator help in this department but are not essential. Free trials for both can be found on here.
Through these programs, individuals such as Youtubers and bloggers are able to draw their audience in via thumbnail and featured images.
First impressions are everything.
Always make sure that your content is desirable and/or attractive at first glance. Content must be well-researched, have a “voice” and also allow the viewer to feel intrigued enough to research the topic further.
Work hard. Work smart.
A gathering doesn’t come easily but by working hard and consistently, it will come.