I used to work in sales and I didn’t really like it.
I did like talking to people and connecting with them.
The part I didn’t like was the rejection. I tried not to take it personally but hearing “No, No, No” over and over got on my nerves even though I knew they were not rejecting me, but the product or service. That thought didn’t take the sting out of it though.
There was also the added pressure from management to “GTC” (Get the Check).
Part of being a professional working artist is putting the work out there and being vulnerable. It’s essentially asking, “is my art acceptable?” If it is, the piece is put into the show or even better, it sells.
If you are an artist who makes art for the love of it and is not seeking to sell or show art, creativity has a much lower risk. The pressure of hoping to make a sale or needing to make a sale to support yourself is off.
I thought because I left the sales world I could leave all that pressure behind me. I was wrong. Being a professional artist is working in sales, in another format.
I still I get “No’s”. Now they are in the form of rejection letters.
It’s funny though, I much rather get a rejection letter while I doing something that I love than going back to selling products and services that don’t hold much meaning to me.
Back then, perhaps it wasn’t the “no” that I objected to but rather working in an industry that didn’t feel authentic to my essential self.
Are you willing to get a “no” for something you love?