The author of this brilliant guide to making who you are what you do is James Victore.
He failed at one art school and was kicked out of another. His work hung in the Museum of Modern Art. He taught at the School of Visual Arts for 20 years. He bought an apartment in SoHo and a house in the country.
What is the morale of this story?
There is no one right way to do something. There is no right time to take action.
The only way is to act true to yourself. The time is now to do this.
James Victore reeled me in. For the first time I could see that everything I do that is unusual is what I’m supposed to be doing.
I recommend you buy a copy of Feck Perfuction to have on hand. Victore is right:
Forget trying to make art that caters to the masses. Dare to have your own opinion that you express in your own voice. The world doesn’t need another copycat churning out bland blanc mange.
See how far you can take yourself by being you.
I bet there’s an outer galaxy in the farthest reaches of your potential waiting to be explored and named.
Claim your greatness.
Live the life you want to live not the one others tell you to.
Come on now:
Today is the day for each of us to make magic being ourselves.
In December 2019 I decided to identify as an Artist.
My reinvention as an Artist could empower you to live boldly as the one and only you.
That’s because as I found out your personality is your jet fuel.
You have the right as a human being to choose your identity and embrace your individuality. So many beautiful expressions of humanity exist in everyone living on earth.
Maybe you identify in a non-binary way. I can relate to individuals who were told to undergo conversion therapy. It’s a relief when you can finally live out loud as who you are.
Repressing your feelings can cause ill health. Artists are creative souls whose emotional energy has the power to transmit a healing vibe.
Engaging in self-expression was the number-one habit I used in recovery to achieve my goals. Acting true to yourself sounds like a cliché. That’s because it’s true. Your personality is your jet fuel.
My Artist’s Statement is framed thus: I act as a Chief Joy Officer to create things of beauty to share with others to make them feel good.
The photo above is of a painting I created in 2018. You show up to an art studio. Upbeat music plays on the sound system. An instructor guides you through painting on canvas with a theme. The night’s theme was Golden Goddess.