Fake it

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received has been “fake it till ya make it.” I took it to heart.

I thought I was a good artist before I was. I acted like a professional before I was. I put out my first instructional video before I started working professionally. I was working professionally when I didn’t know what I was doing. I acted like an extrovert when I was an introvert. I acted like a businessperson when I hadn’t made a dime. I acted like a marketer when I hadn’t sold anything.

I learn by imitation. By looking at those who do what I want to do and studying how they do it. I imitate them. Then I find that I don’t need to imitate them any longer. I’ve done it time and time again. I continue to do it.

It’s very hard to be a professional artist when you’re still acting like a student. So fake it. Be the person you want to be even if you know you’re not (yet).