fbpx
tag Sign Up for our Newsletter
Site Logo
Don’t miss out on the art world’s most entertaining newsletter - every Friday. And career news every Tuesday.
Become a members
Bouncing Back: The Art of Recovering from Rejection & Rebuilding Creative Confidence
Rising from the Ashes: The Creative's Guide to Rejection and Resilience
Career 19 Mar 2024

Rejection: the bitter pill every creative inevitably swallows at some point in their journey. Whether it’s a last-minute cancellation for the chance to show in the hottest gallery, a declined pitch, or a failed interview, the sting is real. But fear not, fellow creators, for rejection, doesn’t have to be the end of the road; it can be the springboard to greater things! So, dust off your creative cap and read our tips below on how to reclaim back your confidence mojo!

“The Fallen Angel”, a work by the celebrated French artist, Alexandre Cabanel, painted in 1847

Embrace the Sting

First things first, let’s address the elephant in the room: rejection hurts. There’s no sugarcoating it. It stings like a wasp at a picnic. But instead of trying to numb the pain with gallons of ice cream or wallowing in self-pity, embrace it! Yes, you heard me right. Embrace it like a long-lost friend who’s here to toughen you up. Remember, every rejection is a lesson in disguise, a stepping stone toward improvement.

Celebrate Your Guts

You put yourself out there, and that, my friend, deserves a round of applause! It takes guts to expose your creative soul to the world, knowing full well that not everyone will appreciate it. So, celebrate your audacity! Take pride in your courage to chase your dreams, regardless of the outcome. After all, it’s better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all.

Learn, Adapt, Evolve

Now that you’ve acknowledged the rejection and toasted to your bravery, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get down to business. Analyze the feedback, dissect the reasons for rejection, and learn from them. Was it the conceptual clarity behind your proposed gallery show that fell flat? The lack of self-marketing? Or maybe your presentation needed a little more pizzazz? Whatever the case, use the feedback as a roadmap for improvement. Remember, even the most renowned creators started from humble beginnings and faced their fair share of rejections.

Surround Yourself with Positivity

Surround yourself with fellow creatives who understand the highs and lows of the journey. Seek out supportive communities, whether online or offline, where you can share your experiences, seek advice, and offer encouragement to others. Remember, you’re not alone in this rollercoaster ride of an art world career. Together, we can weather the storms and celebrate the victories, no matter how small.

Rediscover Your Passion

Rejection can sometimes dim the flickering flame of creativity. But fear not, for that flame is not easily extinguished! Reconnect with what sparked your passion in the first place. Whether it’s a long walk in nature, a favorite book, a gallery hopping day, or a nostalgic movie marathon, immerse yourself in the things that ignite your creative fire. Allow yourself the space to play, experiment, and rediscover the joy of creation.

Forge Ahead with Tenacity

Rejection is not the end; it’s merely a detour on the road to success. So, dust off your shoulders, straighten your crown and forge ahead with renewed vigor and tenacity.

You May Also Like

An Interview with Tanzanian Artist Valerie Asiimwe Amani
An Interview with Tanzanian Artist Valerie Asiimwe Amani
What to Catch at the Venice Biennale 2024: Insider Tips for the Artfully Curious
What to Catch at the Venice Biennale 2024: Insider Tips for the Artfully Curious
Weekly Wrap-Up
Weekly Wrap-Up
The Art News You Missed While Taking A Power Nap
The Art News You Missed While Taking A Power Nap
10 hacks to boost your productivity at work
10 hacks to boost your productivity at work
From the Balmain Barbie to a Crypto Vampire Attack
From the Balmain Barbie to a Crypto Vampire Attack

LATEST JOBS

Assistant Curator / Intern
LoZo Gallery - Franklin, PA
Freelance Copywriter
The Armin Bar (NYC|Milan) - Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Deputy Director
Para Site - Hong Kong
 Auction House Intern
New Art Est-Ouest - Hong Kong
ALL 59 JOBS