At 99U, we’re all about gleaning lessons from prolific artists and distilling them into meaningful bits of career wisdom. And when we’re itching for a shot of creative inspiration, there is one sage we always turn towards for guidance. Of course, we’re speaking of Kanye West.
Fortunately, West is willing to freely share what he’s learned about building a successful creative career. As he notes on Twitter, “I am of service to the world with my art and I just want to serve more.” But what really makes his voice compelling is that he understands the struggle of the artist, the plight of the striver who sacrifices to pursue their craft.
“Yes, I am personally rich and I can buy furs and houses for my family but I need access to more money in order to bring more beautiful ideas to the world,” he Tweets. Totally.
So as you reflect on where you want to take your creative pursuits in 2017, here is some bajillion dollar advice from Mr. Yeezy himself to help you reach your goals and dreams.
You’ve got to freely express yourself.
You need to single-mindedly focus on making your art.
You need to take the initiative to find commissions.
Find others who are willing to invest in your work. And be persistent.
Find someone who you trust to give you unfiltered feedback
Invite your followers into your artistic process.
Never compromise on your artistic vision.
Seriously, don’t compromise on your vision!
You need to stay ahead of the trends.
You need to own your voice and style.
You need to believe in yourself.
*Fair Warning: This was all done in good fun. Follow the above at your own risk.