Blake Jamieson grew up in a creative and artistic household, but he had convinced himself that art wasn’t a viable career path. He worked as a digital marketer for eight years until, just a few years ago, he quit to follow his passion – and stop using his skills to build other people’s dreams.
Now Blake is an entrepreneur and an artist. He didn’t have a plan, but he needed a change.
During the transition, relationships were everything. “I think the way I was able to transition from a digital marketing nerd to an artist has all just been because of the relationships that I’ve built,” whether those are relationships with other creatives, entrepreneurs, or patrons.
Blake’s relationship with himself has also changed dramatically. “I’ve gotten a lot better at self-talk, getting myself ready for the day, and keeping myself accountable (because no one else is doing it).”
I believe that we are the ones who are accountable for our choices, and one of the most powerful choices that an entrepreneur, artist, or parent can make is how they talk to themselves about what they are capable of achieving.
“I do not have to follow a traditional artist’s path to be a successful artist.”
For Blake to achieve his desired reality, painting every day, he had to forge a new path – one that strayed from the traditional artist’s path.
Blake’s unique path is creating art for businesses, and he promotes himself through social media, primarily LinkedIn. And, really, LinkedIn is about as unconventional as it gets in the art world.
None of us have to follow the paths forged by others – we can all take action, make ourselves more accountable, and treat our ventures as art so that we can achieve the impact we want to have in the world.
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