You submit your art for a show or publication. It takes ages to hear anything back, and then finally, when you do — your art is politely but clearly rejected.
Ouch! No one likes to be turned down and it’s easy to take it personally. But despite the pain of rejection, there’s a lot to be learned even from rejections.
When one of the members of the Sketchbook Skool community was recently turned down by a gallery’s selection committee, a lively discussion ensued. Here are ten tips that emerged that can help you to get over the rejection.
- Remember: You weren’t rejected, your art was.
- You made the art, so you like it. You’d buy it if it wasn’t yours already, so it’s good. It’s just not for this particular show.
- Shows and judges are often looking for a certain thing. One day your work will be that thing. Until then rest assured there are other people who love your work. And they matter more!
- This may be your first time, or it may have happened before. Print and save all your rejections, like a badge of honor. Or maybe when you do succeed you can say "See? It only took x number of tries!"
- Without your artwork locked up in an art show, you can keep developing and growing as an artist. And that’s what’s important.
- Next time, before submitting, try to do more to analyze what they are looking for in the art show or exhibition. Make sure your goals align with the gallery’s.
- Keep submitting.
- 8. You may be scared the next time, because perhaps you struggle with confidence. But submit your work anyway - it’ll feel better than not trying at all.
- If it doesn’t kill you, it only makes you stronger. View rejection as making you strong enough to manage spectacular success lurking around the corner.
- Get your pens, paints and brushes out again, and keep going.
Being an artist means taking risks and putting yourself out there. But you don’t have to do it alone.
- Join a creative community in your town or online so you can share resources, experience and support.
- If you’d like to be part of our group of thousands of creative people of all levels from around the world, you can enroll for a kourse at SBS.
- Or just apply to join our supportive Facebook group.
Hang in there, keep sharing your work, and we can’t wait to see what you are making.