4 Ways to Deal with Rejection as an Artist

4 Ways to Deal with Rejection as an Artist

Many artists have experienced rejection which is obviously not easy to deal with.


If you have faced rejection once or twice in your beading life, don’t let it get to you. Reflect on the situation and pat yourself on the back instead. Rejection simply means you’re putting your art out there and you’ve pushed yourself outside of your comfort zone.


Embrace rejection and learn to move forward with these tips.


Acknowledge the issue

Don’t ever pretend that rejection doesn’t hurt. It will only make you feel worse if you choose to avoid the issue. As much as you want to move away from those painful emotions, you have to acknowledge them. Learn from the experience and ask yourself what you need to do to improve your ability and your art.


Be Kind to Yourself

Never have a defeatist attitude and stop the negative self-talk. Be kind to yourself and have confidence in your abilities. It’s like talking to a good friend — you don’t want to tell him, “Your products weren’t good enough that’s why you’re rejected!” Instead, you’ll give him an inspiring feedback by pointing out his unique skills. Doing the same will help you be kinder and more empathetic to yourself.


Say no to self-doubt

Critics will always be there, but don’t let them stop you. Don’t ever question your creativity or worse, give in to self-doubt. Once you start doubting yourself, think about the small everyday wins and celebrate them. Let these daily wins propel you forward.


Don’t be demotivated

Learn from the people around you particularly your own network so you can grab the right opportunities. Keep going no matter what and tell yourself that you won’t be demotivated because of just one or two rejections. Write down your goals and where you see yourself 5-10 years from now so you can use the list to keep you motivated.


Putting yourself out there is scary and getting rejected is scarier. But ask yourself this question,”Am I going to be in the same spot 5 years from now?” If you don’t want to be rooted to the same spot, get out there and do your job. Not everyone will accept your work and that is okay. But always keep in mind to stay true to your goals, improve your art, and let rejection provide you an opportunity to move forward with more wisdom.

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