Is it Worth it?

What does it mean to decide to follow your passion as an artist and make a career of it? It takes a special dedication as well as a thick skin. The reality of being a working artist means constantly putting yourself out into the world and risking rejection. You must apply for grants and other opportunities as part of your regular practice and you must be prepared to be turned down more than once before landing your first yes. Every artist goes through these growing pains and even the most established still have to be able to take no for an answer. But this should not deter you. It is merely a normal part of the life of a working artist. Read on for opportunities to look into today.

CEC ArtsLink is accepting applications for the ArtsLink International Fellowship. Artists, arts managers and curators whose work is informed by community engagement processes or social practice are welcome to apply. To see a list of eligible countries of residence and for complete information, visit the website. Deadline is October 30.

The Crossing Borders program invites authors, filmmakers and photographers to apply for the opportunity to reflect their impact on different cultures and societies through their work. Those working on a new project who are interested in taking a research trip are encouraged to apply. For full details, visit the website. Deadline is October 31.

The Hopper Prize awards grants to artists on a bi-annual basis. Their current call for applications is now open. The grant comes with significant exposure in both the public realm and with high profile art curators. To get all the details and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is November 12.

Praxis Center is a space for artists to learn and grow, gain the skills they need to succeed as a working artist, and even learn to cope well with the rejection that is an inevitable part of the life of every artist. When you join this community, you not only gain access to our suite of courses, you also find a network of peers who are ready to support you with their shared experience. No one ever said being an artist was the easy road, but that is no reason not to travel it.

Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.

Photo credit: Public domain pictures

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