Monday, August 17, 2009

Rejection Letters are junk mail

The following is an excerpt from How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul, Fifth Edition. By Caroll Michels (Owl Books)

Rejection and Success are analogous for various reasons. Both Success and rejection are capable of producing an identity crisis. Some artists who attain success find themselves stripped of goals, direction, and sense of purpose. The same holds true for artists who are rejected.
Stagnation is a by-product of rejection and success. Artists who are rejected can be diverted and blocked in their creativity. Artist who attain success can lose momentum and vision.
It is possible to be unscathed by rejection or success, and continue with new goals, directions, explorations, irrespective of other people's aesthetic judgments.
The sooner you lose an obsession with rejection, the sooner your real potential develops, and the better equipped you will be to handle success.

A tip for building immunity to rejection: Each time you receive a letter of rejection, initiate a new contact, send out another presentation package, or pick up the phone. Replace feelings of rejection with feelings of anticipation.

Caroll Michels has a website for visual artists that accompanies this book; it's full of resources:

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