Fantasies Artists Have About How the Art World Works

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Many artists have certain fantasies about how the art world works and believe, in varying degrees, that someday their wildest dreams will come true and they'll live fabulously happily ever after– and perhaps they will, but the only way any artist ever gets there is to work hard, make the best art they can possibly make, and understand the realities of what being a successful artist involves. What you're about to read has nothing to do with your inspirations or your creative process– that's sacred ground. You can have all the fantasies you want while at work in your studio; in fact you should. But once your art is complete and ready to debut to the world, fantasies can really trip you up. Here are some of the more common examples of magical thinking that can potentially put a crimp in your creative life…