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Tips to Help You Reach Your Artistic Goals

Tips to Help You Reach Your Artistic Goals

At the start of a new year, creative people all around the world often set ambitious artistic goals for themselves. Whether it’s a visual artist aspiring to create a masterpiece, an actor hoping to snag a coveted role, or a musician striving to compose an unforgettable piece of music, all creatives want to reach new heights of expression.  Here are five tips to help you reach your artistic goals:

1. Make Goals Specific and Measurable: The first step toward success is establishing clear objectives that can be tracked over time. Make sure your goals are specific and measurable, such as “I will practice my painting skills three times per week” or “I will audition for four new acting roles in the next 90 days.”

2. Create a Schedule That Works For You: Everyone functions differently, so it’s important to create a schedule that works with your personal rhythms and preferences. Find the right balance of work and play and don’t be afraid to adjust what doesn’t seem to be working.

3. Build a Support System: Having people in your corner who understand and encourage you can make all the difference when you’re trying to reach a difficult goal. Join an art or writing group, take classes with like-minded creatives, or just connect with friends and family who will provide the motivation and support needed to stay on track.

4. Find Inspiration Where You Can: It can be difficult to find the right motivation when you’re stuck in a creative rut or feeling uninspired. Take walks, listen to podcasts, explore new places—whatever it takes to get your juices flowing again! Once you have an idea of what inspires you, make it part of your daily routine.

5. Set Smaller Goals and Celebrate Your Successes: Last, don’t forget to celebrate your successes along the way! Setting smaller goals gives you a chance to recognize and reward yourself for even the smallest of accomplishments. Achieving short-term goals can be just as important as reaching long-term objectives. Plus, it’s a great reminder that you are on your way to achieving your dreams.

Good luck in reaching your artistic goals this year!  Have fun, stay focused and remember to savor the journey as well as the destination.


Happy creating!


About: Gary Gillespie is an artist, writer and actor living on Whidbey Island in Washington state. He founded Leda Art Supply in 2016. 

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