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Does it matter how u act and look and feel to be a artist?

Jake I’m 20 and I am gamer and a hard worker
Does it matter how u act and look and feel to be a artist?
Bc I don’t know if it matters but I’ll ask anyway bc why not l anyways any questions for me I’m in 12th grade I love math and I like art I like too collect

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Ellen’s Answer

Hi Hannah
So glad you asked, YES, it matters how you act, and how you treat other people in the arts, as well as everywhere else. Being polite, showing respect, making other people comfortable, and making an effort to understand other people are all important. Sometimes, if you are going through personal struggles, all of this may be a challenge, but remember, you may not always be in control how you feel, but you should always make an effort to control how you treat others.

Young artists sometimes feel that their artistic talent gives them a license to act badly, but please do not fall into this trap. Keep in mind that there are lots of talented and well-behaved artists out there, so no art-related business has to put up with rude or disrespectful artists, no matter how talented they are. There are lots of talented, hardworking, and well-behaved artists that they can hire. Be one of them!

As for your personal appearance, that is important too, in terms of your personal hygiene and wearing clean and appropriate clothing. You don't have to be a fashion plate, but try to think about what you wear, and if it is what is needed for the occasion. For example, torn jeans and snarky graphic T-shirts might be fine to wear when you hang out with your friends, but not for a job or a college interview. Dressing appropriately is part of being respectful to others.. Ask your family members or other adults in your life, such as teachers, for advice on this if you are unsure of what to wear to any situation.

Best wishes.
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Mona’s Answer

Hello Hannah,

As others mentioned perfectly, It most definitely does. The way you present yourself in society can undoubtedly have an impact on your identity as an artist. Although artistic expression is personal and subjective, and no one can say there is a definitive formula, an art piece is an extension of the artist; it is the narrative, and the artist is the narrator. Therefore your audience can relate better to your work through you.

Sometimes the famous quote: "My art speaks for itself," is misunderstood among young artists. You see, this idea is correct and wrong at the same time. Our artwork can speak for itself when we have advanced our visual communication skills and have figured out how to express ourselves through the correct use of our materials to deliver our intentions. At the same time, the artist puts meaning and definition to their work, as Marcel Duchamp once said:" Art is what the artist says it is." So you, as the creator, profoundly impact what you create. When someone sees an artwork they become interested in, they like to meet the artist. Because they want to know who is the person behind it, your audience might seek out your statement; they even might like to see and talk to you; they want to find out if what you express and your artistic story resonates with them, so they would like to collect your work.

We wish to express our true selves and unique perspective, and of course, our skills and talent are not judged by our style. We embrace our individuality. Still, there is a very, very fine line between being ourselves and being dismissive of others. This kind of presentation is not attractive; it can actually become repulsive. I might be the most talented artist in my area, but if I am not capable of caring for other people, or I do not care where to be, how to speak, or how to be mindful of my audience and how to communicate with them, the very same people that are practically the reason that I can make a living out of my passion and art; I will lose my audience's interest.

It is not really a matter of what specific fashion style we might have or the color of our hair, but it is a matter of honesty, authenticity, and respect.
We show gratitude toward others through our actions, for example, how we dress and show up for occasions, how we make them feel, how much we give back to them, etc.
We show our appreciation for others' treatment of us when we put effort into our own behavior in return. It does not matter how my anatomy looks, my age, or where I come from, but it matters how much I try to understand and integrate with others appropriately.

We should always try to balance authenticity and social growth as we navigate our artistic journey. The people immediately notice this and would become interested in supporting these artists throughout their creative journey. There is a difference between being a professional in a craft or doing something as a hobby and eventually making a sale occasionally. So it comes down to what you want to be and how serious you are about Art as a profession.

I suggest, first, to determine who your audience is, who you wish to connect to, and who shares the same interests as you, and then always be mindful so they would support you as well because the artist and their audience become a community. As much as you stay true to who you are, also care about your social presence and community and let them know you care about them.

I hope this was helpful. I wish you the best of luck in your journey.
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Shalini’s Answer

The actions you take and the manner in which you present them, as well as your personal presentation, are of great importance. Your demeanor and the esteem you hold for yourself and your work will greatly influence how others perceive you.

While it's perfectly fine to adopt a relaxed and casual approach, it's equally crucial to be engaging, open to feedback, and maintain personal cleanliness and hygiene. Remember, your attire is a personal reflection of who you are and a form of self-expression - it's entirely up to you how you choose to present yourself!

Being thoughtful, considerate, and polite not only makes you more appealing but is also highly appreciated, regardless of where you are or what you're doing.
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Warren’s Answer

In this forum, our only means of sizing you up are by reading what you've written. A 12th grader should not be writing like this. If you want to present yourself well to others, you have to do a better job of writing complete sentences. If that sounds mean...well, you asked and I can tell you that if you take your writing seriously, the people who read your writing will take you seriously. It is all part of the way you present yourself.
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Joseph’s Answer

I would say how you look matters very little; I've seen artists with long hair, tattoos, and beards and what not. Just make sure you don't look sloppy. How you behave is critical for any job. You're being given an opportunity that some people might not be lucky enough to get and should be both grateful and willing to learn. Use a minimum of slang but don't use of long, pretentious sentences either, don't act like a know-it-all. Generally, speak to a potential employer the same way you'd speak to your teachers.
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Ann’s Answer

It is important in how you represent yourself. You should always be professional, considerate, and collaborative. Your physical appearance shouldn’t matter but personal hygiene matters. Clean, dress decent, etc.
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Destiny’s Answer

No, just enjoy what your creating.
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Christine’s Answer

Hi Jake. Typically, artists possess a unique "identity." This originates from their personal expression (stemming from emotions). The key is to remain authentic, and everything will fall into place. As long as it's sincere, people will value your work. I hope this guidance is helpful.
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Anahi’s Answer

Apologies for the misunderstanding. No, it doesn't necessarily matter how you act, look, or feel in terms of physical appearance or behavior to be an artist. Artistic expression is diverse and can be shaped by various factors, including personal experiences, emotions, cultural influences, and individual perspectives.

Being an artist is about expressing your unique creativity, ideas, and perspectives through your chosen medium. Artists come from all walks of life and encompass a wide range of personalities, appearances, and ways of being. Your authenticity and personal voice are often valued in the artistic community.

While there may be societal stereotypes or expectations associated with artists, it is important to recognize that art is a means of self-expression, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Embrace your individuality and allow your thoughts, emotions, and experiences to shape your artistic expression in a way that feels true to yourself. Your authenticity as an artist is what sets you apart and makes your work meaningful and compelling.
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