The Comfort Zone article I wrote cleared up a lot of things for me, so I decided to put it into practice and see how effective it is. I put a few weeks into deciding and establishing a comfort zone for myself, and it turned out pretty well! Here are the steps I took to get there.
Making a living with art means doing business, so we're going to look at some business fundamentals. We're going to break down and introduce concepts gradually and clearly so if you're usually overwhelmed or intimidated by this stuff, you're in good hand ...
Not being able to execute the ideas you have comes from a lack of fundamentals, but studying the fundamentals alone is often boring and difficult – a recipe for avoidance. That’s a self-perpetuating situation that needs a stick in the spokes. Establishing a Comfort Zone disrupts the cycle by getting you to start feeling good about your work.
The argument I’ve been seeing lately is not that quality isn’t valuable, but that the mindset of producing few high quality things isn’t an efficient way to learn. It leads to a lot of wasted time polishing potential bad foundations when you could move on and try again. Rather, you should produce a lot so that you get quality through quantity.
I recently applied to vend at Chromacon in Auckland [update: I got in!]. As my first step of preparation (here’s the rest of my road map) I decided to compile a list of things I’d need to take, to see what would be involved and put myself in the mindset of going. This involved my favourite thing: Diving down the rabbit hole, watching a lot of videos and reading articles so I don’t miss anything obvious and leave myself open to misfortune through lack of foresight. Here’s what I found out.
I recently applied to vend at Chromacon, an Independent Arts festival in Auckland. I’ve attended the last two in 2015 and 2017, and met some really cool artists like Bobby Chiu, J.A.W. Cooper and Paul Tobin. It was super inspiring and I resolved that I would come be a part of the other side next time around.