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How Artists Can Transform Criticism As A Career Booster
When people are mean about your work
Art Stuff 07 Jan 2020

Unfortunately, you just can’t please everyone. Even when your mom thinks you are the best artist since Michelangelo, that prickly art critic might not have the same ideas. As artists, people always like to give you their opinion about your work, even though you would never dare to be so blunt with your accountant and lawyer friends, but hey, you’re an artist, it comes with the territory. Most of the time, people try to be polite, at least when they dislike your work, but sometimes they are just pure harsh. Here are some ways to handle that unexpected criticism.
 
Think Before You Speak
1 think
When we are upset, we tend to respond to something quickly and passionately, but this may not be a good idea when it comes to critics.Take a moment before responding or you may be seen to be acting unprofessionally. 
 
Remember, Art Is Subjective
2 subjective
Just like you might love that one artist everyone else hates, two different people may have very different reactions to your work. If someone doesn’t like what you’ve made, don’t sweat it, because there is bound to be somebody who does.
 
Be Pleased You’re Not Vanilla
3 vanilla
Wouldn’t it be boring if your art was so pleasant that nobody had an opinion about it? Be grateful that your work is powerful enough for people to have a reaction to it. No vanilla here please, we’re all about double choc-chip with extra sprinkles!
 
Look At Who’s Giving The Criticism
4 look
Criticism from a newspaper journalist and criticism from your Auntie Sue is very different. If the scepticism is coming from Auntie, it’s probably nothing to get upset about.
 
Listen To What The Critic Is Saying
5 listen
It’s much easier to ignore a critic than to actually acknowledge what they’re saying. However, sometimes taking their opinion into account may help you in the future, so it’s good to listen to what other people might think, even when it is a little painful. Remember, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.
 
Focus On The Good And The Bad
6 good bad
When you’ve received a bad review, it’s easy to ignore all the positive ones. But instead of focusing on that one negative critique, why not look at all the positive reactions to your work.
 
Kill With Kindness
7 kindness
Sometimes there are people who are just downright nasty, and take pleasure in bringing you down. In such instances, kill them with kindness by meeting them with a smile, they won’t know what hit them. 
 
Image via @naughtynoughties
Text Lizzy Vartanian

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