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Hilary Harkness: Four Attitudes That Will Help You Succeed As an Artist

Four Attitudes That Will Help You Succeed As an Artist Posted: 08/15/2012 2:24 am

 

 

 

It’s a time-honored joke: M.F.A. actually stands for Mother F%#king Attitude. I’ve had that outlook, and it’s seen me through some rough and dispiriting times as an artist. But looking back on my early career, I’ve come to realize it’s not an attitude that will sustain you, and even in the best of times, it can be detrimental to your artistic practice.

 

 

Funny? Yes. But with time, I’ve come to regret having hurt his feelings. The goal most of us share is to feel good about our practice, connect with other arts professionals, and get our work out there for people to enjoy. So what is the right mindset to cultivate to enable your success and fulfillment as an artist? Here are four techniques that may help.

 

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What Do We Really Know About People Who Get Arts Degrees?

As it turns out, quite a bit. Since 2008, the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) has surveyed graduates of arts training programs…In a few short years, SNAAP has become what is believed to be the largest database ever assembled about the arts and arts education, as well as the most comprehensive alumni survey conducted in any field. Recently, we published our latest findings: A Diverse Palette: What Arts Graduates Say About Their Education and Careers, which has attracted media coverage from [other high profile media outlets and] Forbes, which compares getting an arts degree with getting a law degree—and recommends that prospective law students consider an arts career instead.

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Things We Wish Someone Had Told Us at 25

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As the chief architect for the Arts & Science Council’s capacity building, professional, and leadership development offerings, I spend a lot of time thinking about the skills and expertise our next generation of arts and cultural leaders will need to be successful, particularly in an environment where change and complexity are the rule, not the […]

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Rogue Gallery and Art Center Career Development Workshops in March

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The Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s (RGAC) Artist Professional Development Series this March features four Saturday workshops with valuable information for all artists wishing to jump-start or refresh their creative careers. Read on to learn more…

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Spread the word about the Cultural Trust and other news from the Oregon Arts Commission

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Spread the word about the Oregon Cultural Trust The Arts Build Community in Oregon: FY12 grants announced Artists Fuel Oregon’s Economy: New Career Opportunity Grants announced Congress Adopts Obama Levels of Funding for Arts & Humanities Oregon Arts Commission Announces February 1 Deadline For Capacity Grant Applications for Arts Organization

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Leadership Genesis: It’s In Our Best Interest

Do you recall your first formal leadership development experience? Mine was in 2000 — I was sponsored by a foundation to participate in the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). I was 30, and I had been working for nine years, building a career in the nonprofit sector. In the early […]

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Community Engagement & College Degrees: Building the Next Generation of Arts Leaders

Lately, it seems that every conference I attend, classroom I enter, or art forum I participate in is fixated on the notion of transforming those in the arts field from just merely that of an artist or an administrator to that of a community leader. While the arts have been recognized for over two decades […]

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Letter to a Young Administrator

A friend and colleague—one on the earlier end of her career—recently emailed me and asked what she thought of her possibly moving back to the east coast and entering a graduate program in the hope of advancing her career more quickly. This is what I wrote her. Because her question is about career development, I […]

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Cultivating the Next Generation of Teaching Artists

When we consider careers in the arts, I would like to see more attention paid and resources assigned to cultivate the next generation of teaching artists. At the Los Angeles Music Center, teaching artists are central to our work helping schools gain capacity to provide quality arts education. Our teaching artists provide inspiration and support […]

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Careers in the Arts – A Plug for Enlightenment

I have this sneaking suspicion that if you ask a typical high school student to tell you what career choices exist in the arts, they would give “artist,” and “art teacher” as their two, and possibly only two, examples. Unfortunately, I think that too many young people are unaware of the myriad career options that […]

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