By Carolyn Edlund
I once spoke with an artist who told me she had been preparing her portfolio for the past two years. She said it would be about another six months before she could launch her website, because she needed everything to be perfect before she did that.
Fear was stopping this artist from taking her first public step into the marketplace. I recommended that she make a bold move and do it now.
There will never be a time when everything is perfect.
I’ve gotten into the habit, when beginning a new workshop, of letting the participants know that I’m planning to be imperfect. Actually, I am committing to it, and that they should, too. Things will go wrong – you can count on it. Life is messy and it’s the nature of things to not always go as planned. People will come back late from lunch, the schedule will have to be adjusted, a power cord will be missing, or the brand new projector will break down during a presentation (yes, that actually happened.)
Once we commit to imperfection, it gives us space to relax and go with the flow. How much better would things unfold when we don’t demand perfection?
As an artist, your business is a work in progress. Once you have a plan and set goals, get started. You don’t have to know everything first, and here’s why:
It’s all on the job training.
That requires us to allow for room to make mistakes, go down blind alleys and learn tough lessons we need to know to move forward. So make that bold move – and commit to doing it imperfectly.