Treat Yo’ Self: An Artist’s Guide to Self-Care

We’re living in the era of self-care. Some might call it selfish, but taking time for yourself is more important than most people realize. I think of self-care in video game terms. If my character is close to death, I make it a priority to replenish health before continuing a quest. While it’s possible to […]

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Convincing my parents that I could be successful my way

This might be some type of culture shock, but, hey, you’re here to learn! I’m a Vietnamese-American creative opportunist. I say this because, look, my parents are not big fans of entrepreneurship. Just a disclaimer, my dad passed away October 2016, but, to this day, I still refer to his presence as if he’s still […]

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Can’t We Just All Just Be Professional?!

Artists are stereotypically free spirits.  And free-spiritedness is in total opposition with professionalism.  Free spirits have their own clocks, their own special way of doing things, their own distinct appearance.  Free spirits are what drives the beauty of the creative arena. But too much of a good thing is unbalanced.  I love art as a […]

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Simple tips to produce your best writing

A problem I have is that I can sometimes find it difficult to concentrate. It happens when I do coursework and it happens even more when I write. I struggle to get into the “zone” and therefore, I don’t always produce my best work. However, over time I’ve discovered some tips that help me write. […]

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Is there hope for the introverted artist?

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I’ve always been an artist, but it was only within the last few years that I began sharing my artwork publicly.  I like to spend my days in the garden, taking hikes, enjoying a cup of coffee, and painting. I find socializing, especially with new people, exhausting.  Creating is incredibly personal for me; a lot […]

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The 9-5 versus Freelancing: Cons of Freelancing

Last post, I talked about the PROS of freelancing. If you haven’t read it — check it out here ! This time I want to discuss the cons, the bad, the sad side to freelancing, because as mentioned, I’ve done both the 9-5 and freelancing, currently doing both at the same time! I would hope […]

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