The paradox of mediocrity
"99% of people are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most competitive.”"
Anthony’s Moore, Why Most People Will Remain in Mediocrity
Less people attempt to date the woman who they think is ‘out of their league’.
I recently studied illustration with hundreds of peers, only a small percentage actually reached out to show their work to people who could hire them.
It’s easier to sell expensive products to rich people, than inexpensive products to a salaryman.
It’s worthwhile to find an uncrowded spot that will give you the more returns for the same or less effort.
Hint: look up 🙄
Young artist’ clamor to work in games or comic markets that pay artist’ a low fee for the privilege of doing the work. Are there markets that pay more for art on a regular basis? (Ps: if you know the answer please share it in the comments, asking for a friend ;p)
I find this idea obvious, the big 'secret', counterintuitive and so true all at the same time. Interesting anecdote, a friend who is a jewelry designer had been producing a lot of pieces, working very hard at trunk shows etc etc to sell her work. And then, she switched materials and started working w/diamonds. People took her more seriously, she makes far fewer but far better/more fulfilling/more personal pieces and makes ridiculously more money. Et voila!
I finished both picture book courses with Claire Alexander at House of Illustration and we asked if we should be selling our work on Etsy. Making cards etc. She said yes - if you want to make cards for a living. If you want to make picture books, make picture books.