Once in a while, one of our students absolutely defines our reason for existing. Such is the case with this recent post by Praxis student Diane who encapsulates the student experience we aim to create. Is it always going to be smooth sailing? Of course not. Will you run up against obstacles of all sizes very often? You bet your bottom dollar. But is steady progress possible if you stay the course and keep moving forward? The answer is a resounding yes! Here is Diane, in her own words:
“ Mentoring up is very important for artists. Just imagine where we would all be without Brainard Carey, Julia Tolstrup, and everyone at Praxis. (Forgive me for who I haven’t met yet, please) This group is an integral part of my life. I have other mentors too. I have a mentor for public speaking of which I failed his free course fabulously! a couple of months ago when I was trying to regain my speech and stop stuttering and so forth, but I continue to watch his live videos and yesterday it made a difference. I had closure to my case involving my work related injury, and it was going the wrong way, and too slow, and then I thought of my mentor and his body language and his emphasis on certain words. Florida Law for workman’s comp does not account for personal injury, only lost wages and medical expenses, and once I heard that, I gathered my moxie, and saw my mentors body language and went after it. The money went up and I saved my own Self because I have documentation on how I was going to get a doctorate degree on Art Therapy online starting January. Talk about lost wages!!! What I am saying is, go after everything, all issues you have in every area in your life in which you may be weak. I have many mentors right now, but I have a strong will and I have mentored up. I have Brainard for art, I have one for business, I have one for public speaking, and 2 for dreaming Big! Why? I had lost hope. In 2 months I lined up a show in September in a new media. I told my public speaking mentor last night, he’s from Australia, and he was so proud of me even though I couldn’t get through Day 1 of his class. Am I scared? yes. Am I dreaming? You bet I am. Do I know what I am doing? No.Do I believe in miracles? Yes! I am doing the work. I am showing up. I am mentoring up. I have hope. We will see. I am doing what I want to do, one day at a time, always have…rich and poor…that’s for sure…and no, didn’t receive nearly what I had hoped for but that just means I have to keep showing up and doing the work. It is all okay. I am creating my future.“
There you have it. Praxis Center is carefully designed to give artists the best opportunity to make their careers take off. We curate the knowledge you need in order to succeed out there and present it in a nurturing environment of mentorship and community. When you join Praxis, you open up new pathways. You not only gain access to our suite of courses for professional artists, you enter into our virtual community where experts and peers are waiting to bolster you along the way. Everyone needs a little mentoring, that’s what we’re here for.
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 the forthcoming Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.
Signed and doodled copies of these books can be purchased from Praxis Center.
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