OH NO! It’s another Fork in the ROAD!
Do you ever feel like you are wandering down roads full of FORKS? Shall I turn THIS way? or should I turn THAT way? … Should I do THIS or THAT? … Come THERE or stay HERE?… Go UP or stay DOWN? … Pass THROUGH or HOLD BACK ?… STOP or GO? … IN or OUT?…? … AAaahhhhh!
In the world of art, what you may think is fabulous, the rest of the world may wonder…”why”? And so it is with Art Licensing. You conceive the idea and launch it. Your vision is to see your art on greeting cards, plates, cups, blankies, books, records and even dog dishes!
Then one day your agent calls and says, “Get a grip, it’s not working. No one wants a TALKING RED BARN!”
Suddenly you feel your ship beginning to sink. The launch has gone awry!
IF you don’t STOP, you risk a total shut down in your creative process. Then… ENTER the BOOGIE MAN! He whispers in your ear….”You will never get anywhere”, “You are spinning your wheels”, “Only your mother likes your art and you hate your mother’s taste in art”, “Maybe you could be a milkman?”….
Nothing against milkmen, but, you are an ARTIST! or an Engineer or a Salesman or a Teacher or… WHATEVER!
When you come to a FORK in the road, no matter what your line of work is, its time to think, not freak! Here are a few ways I handle FORKS.
1. GET AWAY! Completely walk away. Problems always look worse when they are smack in your face. I am not talking about running away! … just take a break from your work. Get some rest! Visit with a friend, take a walk, run a marathon! Go to a third world country! Plant a garden!
2. Next, begin mining for some new ideas. DIG! Open your eyes and see what’s out there. Take a serious look at your work! Ask questions, be brave for the answers! When I first started in greeting cards I drew up a whole line full of clowns! I had clowns running and jumping and laughing and crying! Tons of clowns! Clowns in all different sizes and colors! Then, I discovered that…. well… uh…nobody really cared about clowns. BUT! One company liked a drawing I did of a BABY! Ha! Suddenly my whole focus turned to babies! Babies running and crawling and toddling and sleeping!
3. Give yourself permission to start all over again with something fresh and new. Make a way for ANOTHER bright idea! Why, just this morning, somewhere between dreaming and waking, I had NEW idea! Ha! I can’t wait to get started on it!
4. So… find your smile and tack it back on your face. All is not lost. In fact, YOU FOUND A FORK! Embrace it!! Think to yourself… “ROAD TRIP!”… Pack your bags for a new journey into your imagination!
(The clowns are still in the dock waiting their turn to launch!…. anybody need a clown?)