Embracing Rejection: A Personal Journey for Artists

By Sergio Gomez 

It's Okay to Feel Sad

When that rejection letter lands in our inbox or the news of another missed opportunity reaches our ears, it's okay to feel sad. It's okay to acknowledge the disappointment, the frustration, and even a sense of loss. After all, we're human, and our art is an extension of ourselves. It's natural to invest our hopes and dreams in the opportunities we pursue.

Don't Dwell, Rise Above

But here's the secret: while it's okay to feel those emotions, we shouldn't dwell in that space for too long. We must rise above the initial sting of rejection and reclaim our artistic power. Remember, one rejection does not define our worth or the quality of our work. It's merely a detour on our journey—a chance to grow, learn, and evolve.

My Personal Experience

As an artist, curator, and entrepreneur, I've encountered more rejections than I care to remember. Yet, I don't keep track of them, nor do I hold resentment towards those who have said "no" to me. Why? Because I understand that rejection is an inseparable part of being an artist. It's not a reflection of our talent, but rather a testament to our courage to put ourselves out there.

The Power of Resilience

In the face of rejection, we must tap into our resilience—the very essence that fuels our artistic spirit. It's about getting up, brushing off those setbacks, and holding our heads high. It's about remembering our value and our mission. We each have something unique to offer to the world, and no rejection can diminish that.

A Stepping Stone to Success

Here's an empowering thought: every rejection brings us one step closer to success. It's often said that we might be just one rejection away from that resounding "YES" that changes everything. So, let's keep pushing forward, fueled by our passion and unwavering belief in our creative vision. Let's turn those rejections into motivation, driving us towards new opportunities and unexplored horizons.

Embrace the Journey

Rejection is not the end—it's merely a plot twist in our artistic journey. It's an opportunity for growth, self-discovery, and the chance to redefine our path. Remember, our art has the power to touch hearts, provoke thoughts, and inspire change. So, let's honor our feelings, learn from our rejections, and keep creating with unwavering determination.

Together, We Rise

In this incredible community of artists, we have the privilege of supporting and uplifting one another. Let's celebrate our triumphs, encourage each other through the lows, and share our experiences. Together, we can create an environment that nurtures resilience and fuels the creative fire within us all.


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

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