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Artistic Alchemy: Becoming an Opportunity Maker in Your Creative Journey

How can I actively create opportunities for myself as an artist?

Today, I want to dive into a topic that's close to our hearts—the way we perceive and approach opportunities. As creators, we all long for that breakthrough moment, a chance to showcase our talents and be recognized. But how exactly do we navigate the vast realm of opportunities? Let's explore three unique perspectives together.

Waiting for the Stars to Align: The Lure of Passive Expectation

There's a belief among some artists that opportunities should effortlessly land on our laps. We find ourselves waiting, hoping that fate will smile upon us and open the doors of success. It's the waiting game, the mentality of "I'll just sit here in my studio, and someday, something incredible will happen." While it's true that some opportunities may come knocking unexpectedly, relying solely on this approach can leave us feeling stagnant.

Becoming an Opportunity Hunter: Proactive Steps towards Success

Now, let's shift gears and explore the mindset of an opportunity hunter. Rather than passively waiting, we take charge of our artistic destiny. We step out of our comfort zones, actively seeking out opportunities that may be hidden in plain sight. It's like becoming a skilled forager, spotting the "low hanging fruit" that others might overlook. By venturing into new territories, engaging with diverse communities, and keeping our eyes peeled, we enhance our chances of stumbling upon remarkable opportunities.

The Power of Opportunity Making: Creating Magic in Collaboration

But why stop at hunting? Why not take the next step and become an opportunity maker? This is where the real magic happens. Not only do we actively seek out opportunities, but we also create them for ourselves and others. Collaboration becomes our secret weapon, as we thrive in working with fellow artists and industry professionals. We take risks, step beyond boundaries, and explore unconventional avenues. The opportunity makers are the ones who not only find success but also shape it, leaving their artistic mark on the world.

Choosing Your Path: Reflecting on Personal Growth

So, my dear friends, which approach resonates with you the most? Are you content with waiting, eagerly hunting, or ready to take the leap and become a maker? Remember, there's no right or wrong answer—each path carries its own rewards and fulfillment. It's time to embark on some soul-searching and ask yourself, "What can I do today to open up new opportunities as an artist?"

Whether you're waiting for the stars to align, venturing into the wilderness as a hunter, or embracing the power of opportunity making, your artistic journey is uniquely yours. It's an ever-evolving adventure that holds limitless possibilities. Embrace your creativity, take those leaps, and let's make incredible things happen—together.

Thanks for reading,

Sergio Gomez, MFA
Artist | Curator | Author | Art Biz Coach 

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