Welcome to the Art, Life & Faith Question of the Week #7: What do you say to someone who doesn’t understand your art? Let’s face it: Artists are probably the most misunderstood tribe on the planet. I have talked with so many artists who struggled with frustration, hurt, and resentment from being misunderstood. Whether as a young child, a teenager, or adult, some (not all) artists have had their dreams squashed from friends and family who do not understand what makes them tick. Read on…
Much of my creative coaching work has to do with helping artists discover their true voice. Our word ‘vocation’ stems from the Latin word ‘voce.’
For you as an artist to live and work from a true sense of knowing your own voice, you must know how and when to respond to those who don’t understand your work. Or why you do what you do.
I know this is a dangerous question because it can easily bleed into that lame stereotype of artists being a whiny, temperamental bunch. At the same time, I work with many artists who really do need deep healing from the Lord from the wounds received from others.
Yes, there will be the stares. The silence. The religious, pious-sounding euphemisms. And the snarky comments.
But if we’re winsome and gracious like we have nothing to lose because our faith is in God and we trust His calling on our lives, we just might be able to create better bridges of understanding.
In case you missed…
Question of the Week #6: How do you handle interruptions, distraction or lack of focus?
Question of the Week #5: What has been your most challenging work as an artist?
Question of the Week #4: What would you say to an artist struggling with a project?
Question of the Week #3: As an artist, what does a good day look like?
Question of the Week #2: How do you define success?
Question of the Week #1: What is the worst thing someone has said to you about WHY you SHOULDN’T pursue your art?
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