As artists, it is very easy to go it alone on everything. We come up with our own ideas, we use the medium we’re comfortable with, we do our own marketing. All this autonomy can make us forget how important other people are. Community is essential not only for personal happiness and satisfaction, but for practical matters like advice and assistance.
I joined the 48Days community last year and I feel a sense of camaraderie with the spirit and intention of the people there. Most are entrepreneurial and positive. I also enjoy the camaraderie of my fellow artists and activist friends on Facebook and Twitter. Many of these people I have never met. But just knowing these folks are out there, encountering many of the same struggles and victories as I, is comforting and motivating. ArtBistro.com is another wonderful community for artists, complete with career-oriented articles and information.
As the job market and economy continue to evolve, it is more important than ever to have a support system. And, remember, don’t just be a receiver. Giving is not only Karmically important; it is fulfilling and helps prevent depression. Always be ready to help a fellow artist out, or give a compliment or word of encouragement. As tragedies continue to happen around the world, it is more important than ever to appreciate those around us. We can no longer afford to wait around for things to get better; we must embody the Love we wish to see in the world. Together we can create the kind of world we want to live in. But it starts here; with us.
Have a great week and go follow your bliss!