Taking Action: The Key to Shaping Your Creative Destiny

“Making Tomorrow Today.”~ Vinh Van Lam

The creative journey for artists and surface designers is a path filled with potential, but it’s one that demands action and participation. In the world of creativity, the adage “you need to be in it to win it” holds true. It’s not enough to merely dream or wish for success; one must actively engage in their craft to effect meaningful change in their creative practice and destiny.

Consider the classic example of winning a lottery or competition. Many people harbour dreams of hitting the jackpot or winning a prestigious contest, yet they never buy a lottery ticket or submit an entry. In such cases, these aspirations remain nothing more than wishes. Without taking action, without participating, the chances of these dreams becoming reality are close to nil.

In the sphere of art and design, this principle also holds. As coaches working with artists and designers, we often encounter individuals who say, “I won’t submit my art and designs to a callout because I tried before and didn’t get selected.” Alternatively, they might say, “I’ll only submit if I’m sure I’ll get selected.” In both cases, they miss the essential point of submissions – to create opportunities.

Taking action can be transformative in both your creative work and personal life. At ArtSHINE, we emphasize the importance of “Making Tomorrow Today.” By acting today, you can shape your future tomorrow. There’s no need to wait for something to happen when you have the power to take action and create opportunities for yourself.

Submitting your work to calls and competitions not only opens doors but also encourages you to plan and create. This planning and creation process is invaluable, as it compels you to produce more works, thereby enriching your portfolio. In the creative world, having a diverse body of work increases your chances of success.

In the context of licensing art and design, the numbers game becomes even more apparent. Licensing companies are constantly on the lookout for fresh, innovative works. They often don’t know exactly what they want until they see it. Your submissions can serve as a wellspring of inspiration, and by having a robust portfolio, you increase your chances of matching their needs, whether it’s industry trends, customer demand, or filling a gap in their offerings.

Unfortunately, those who don’t take action often harbour negative or narrow mindsets. They believe that their efforts are in vain, that submitting work is a waste of time because they won’t get selected. However, the reality is quite different. To have a chance at success, you must participate actively, become a regular submitter, understand the briefs, and consistently submit your best work.

Think of it this way: submitting your work to opportunities is akin to buying more lottery tickets. The more tickets you have, the higher your chances of winning. Similarly, the more you participate, the greater your likelihood of success.

In conclusion, this article aims to inspire creatives to take action. By embracing participation, understanding briefs, and honing their craft in art submissions, they can create opportunities that shape their creative world and, in turn, influence the broader creative industries they serve. Don’t merely dream; act, participate, and change your creative destiny.


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We’re here to help you to take action, just like we’ve helped thousands of other entrepreneurs, business owners, and creative professionals all around the globe.

Now is the time to let your passion SHINE.

Now is the time to Make Tomorrow Today!

To your success, Vinh Van Lam and Stuart Horrex Cofounders

Vinh Van Lam
the authorVinh Van Lam
Vinh Van Lam, co-founder of ArtSHINE, is a visionary art coach and entrepreneur with a passion for fostering creativity. With a diverse background in art and business, he brings a unique perspective to empower emerging artists, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic art industry through the innovative platform of ArtSHINE.

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