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Artist Myth #7: One Big Break Will Make Your Career

There is no such thing as one big break. This doesn’t happen in any profession, and art is no exception. All great achievements happen through many small acts, staged consistently over time.
~Aletta de Wal

I watched “Behind the Music” obsessively as a teen, and if there’s one truth that was hammered home, it’s that there are NO overnight successes. Every Britney Spears and Christina Aguilara and Eminem struggled in obscurity for years… most of them, for over a decade.

The only way to ‘win’, is to keep at it. To commit to your goal, practice and improve and be ready when opportunity knocks…

photosylvia / silabox / Foter

Fortune Favours the Brave

Take risks in exhibiting and broadcasting and expanding your art style and techniques. One small fail will not kill your career. Practice taking advantage of, and recognizing opportunities for art that are all around you, in your neighbourhood, every day.

The reACTion Lab


  • list every way that you can possibly think of to remain in front of peoples faces >> be goofy and ridiculous and impossible – they often lead to some really awesome ideas.
  • imagine where you want to be in 5 years >> list everything that’s required to get there. Break it down.
  • what can you do today that will be the first step to your 5 year goal? Do it.

Keep working at your art, keep your eye open for opportunities, expand your creative functions to create opportunities for yourself and others that wouldn’t be without you.


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Cynthia Liu ~ Feature Friday Artist

Okay – so no joke, we test out Daniel Smith DuoChrome and Interference colours.

I was pretty stoked… and then not so much because there is very little difference between these and the acrylic interference colours. (Which I use on my watercolour paintings to get iridescent and pearl or interference colour effects.)

But I guess it’s good to know that they’re available in watercolour.

You came here to be a mirror to others of the truth you feel in your soul. You did. It’s real. Go do it.

Welcome! Today we touch base with Veronica Guzzardi – our “going for it” girl. 2014 saw V jump off the cliff and take on the full time artist’s life as an illustrator and merch artist, making her living from POD. We check in to see what went on in 2014. 91 Illustrations on the Wall… […]

If no one is coming to our shows or connecting to our art – that’s our fault.

    Today, I interview Jennifer Gillooly Cahoon. We talk about her art career/process… teaching, Day of the Dead and the dead in general. What a great convo – thanks Jennifer! Jennifer is the full time Head Art Chair for a high school in Rhode Island and is also a prolific painter. The last year […]

Listen here. Today I interview my pal and professional full-time artist Kelly Grace. This is a monster interview – an hour an a half… we talk art and multi-media multiples and personal style and vintage hair… We gossip about the art scene in Toronto and I get to find out about some “copying shenanigans” that […]

I found Laurie Near during a search for “Canadian Artists” while preparing art projects for primary grades. How lucky for me. Laurie’s work gives me the feels and they make me want to buy her stuff. Lucky for her. Bad news for me since her work is priced between $300 – $3500… and most of […]