When Plans Don’t Go As Planned

By A. Yanina Gomez, Ph.D.

A while ago, I received an email from one of our followers stating that she’d created an amazing solo exhibition proposal, sent it to a few galleries and only received “No Thank You” emails. As you’ve probably guessed, she was feeling totally bummed out.

She is not the first artist coming to us sharing her feelings of frustration and disappointment. This seems to be a common issue, at least, among many artists we know.

Does her story resonate with you? 

I would love to share with you 4 suggestions: 

💕 Be patient, realistic and diligent! It takes time to build an art career. Overnight success is overrated and very random! If you are serious and committed to your art career, view it as such!

💕 Set realistic (and challenging) goals. Write them down. There’s something about writing things down that make them official. Where do I see myself and my art career 1, 2 or 5 years from now?

💕 Think ahead and create an action plan.  Add a deadline to each of your goals. What do I need to do right now to get where I want to be?  These are the type of questions you should constantly be exploring.

💕 As you plan ahead, be open and aware of opportunities that may arise along the way. But, decisions should be aligned to the goals and objectives you have set for your career. Take some time to analyze every opportunity that presents itself. Be selective. Not every offer is legitimate or worth your time, effort and money.

To sum it up for you:

Don’t give up… be patient and persistent!


Have you ever felt frustrated with your career but did or changed something and things turned out well. Share your thoughts below! We’d love to hear from you!

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