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    8 Secret Traits of Successful Artists

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    8 Secret Traits of Successful Artists


    There are a lot of successful artists who have worked very hard on their craft just to get where they are, today. It may be true that we inherit our “creative” genes from our families but we definitely learn through trials and errors, how to be a successful artist, and every successful artist has learned through their experience to transform these lessons into traits and habits of “operating” an art/music business.

    We are genetically connected to our immediate family and our ancestors.

    In genetics, trait is the feature of a living thing and some traits are inherited through our genes, while other traits will come from interactions between our genes and our environment. The combination of inherited genes and environmental circumstance are called phenotypes and these form the observable behaviors we see in people around us.

    Creativity is often assumed to be inherited from our ancestors, but we are also able to alter this inheritance, either by improving on them or depreciating them through our environment. In this article, our habits and traits will be examined, discussed and compared to the habits and traits of successful artists.

    1. Short-Term and Long-Term Goals:

    A successful artist has an established achievable short-term and long-term goals. These established goals are written down and reviewed periodically by the artist in order to judge, grade and gauge themselves in achieving their goals.

    1.   Focus and Singleness of Purpose:

    A successful artist is focused on their art and will not be distracted from their purpose and to their commitment to achieving their goals. To be successful at most things requires a focus and a “singleness of purpose.” Successful artists have this focus, as their art is a priority in their lives.

    1. Passionate Drive:

    A successful artist will have a passion for their art and a passion for everything else that is associated with being an artist. The passionate artist realizes that in order to be successful they will be required to do things like music marketing, bookkeeping, and selling, even when they rather be creating. They are willing to do these “operational” things because they know that it will get them closer to their achievable goals.

    1. Professional Approach:

    A successful artist is professional in all of their dealings with the general public. Why is this? The artist realizes that in order to market and become a brand a successful artist needs to be professional with everyone, in order to protect their music brand. With social media, networking and viral media being what it is today, an artist can be minimized quickly through negative publicity and through negative digital media. So, he tries to apply a professional approach to everything.

    1.   Opportunistic:

    A successful artist will identify, capitalize and leverage any opportunities that may come their way. Successful artists will see and take advantage of opportunities to network, promote and brand their music. The artist who is engaged and ready to capitalize on opportunities when they come along will be or will eventually become successful.

    1. Visionary:

    Artists who are successful, along with their goals visualize themselves as achieving great things in their chosen profession. If the artist does experience (and they will) any roadblocks, problems or some defeat, they continue visualizing and keep working towards their goals.

    1.   Persistent:

    Successful artists do not quit when they hit a roadblock or problem. Most people in the face of adversity will quit, whereas a successful artist will see this is a chance to learn, grow or that the problem or setback is a simple delay in achieving their goals. Persistence is the difference between a successful artist and an artist who quits. The quitter simply lost their desire, focus and their original vision.

    1. Business-minded:

    Successful artists see themselves as business people. They understand and embrace the fact that music is a competitive business and they realize that they will have to learn how to successfully operate their music career as a business. They are also willing to acquire the skills and expertise to become successful.

    Though you are a super creative person and you have chosen to be an music artist these characteristics are not enough to be successful in today’s competitive art business. Through successful habits and traits, an artist can change their “Successful Art DNA” and overcome the usual operational and marketing problems which most artists experience.