Friday, January 23, 2009

Question: Top Ten List for Success as an Artist | Diego Leclery

Tekhni:

Hi Diego,
I wanted to put together a top 10 list of habits or actions that make you become a successful artist. And get and bunch of opinions from different artists. Thoughts? What would be your list?


LeClery:

If someday I am a successful artist, I will credit it to these magical 10 steps

1. Always think you are wrong
2. Every once in a while be completely convinced you are right
3. Make stuff even if you don't want to make stuff
4. Write everything down
5. Develop a respect for your own worst impulses
6. Crucify your best intentions
7. Be nice to people and learn to love bad art
8. Learn the real meaning of expressionist, conceptual, surrealist, and don't use those words unless you mean to refer to Expressionism, Conceptualism, Surrealism
9. Have faith that you know what you're talking about. Even when you don't, have faith that you know enough to know whether you know or not what you're talking about
10. Identify what you don't want to do or be

Diego Leclery | www.diegoleclery.com

1 comment:

Dee Oh Arr Ell said...

Hey two things, the first is that my last name has no big C, it's Leclery, not LeClery. It's a common mistake, seeing as it is a French name. The other is change this line "8. Learn the real meaning of expressionist, conceptual, surrealist, and don't use those words unless you mean to refer to Expressionism, Conceptualism, Surrealism"
to
"8. Learn the real meaning of minimal, conceptual, surrealist, and don't use those words unless you mean to refer to Minimalism, Conceptualism, Surrealism"

Thanks!