This morning our Composer of Music for Art spent some time contacting artists showing on her website. Having spent several weeks building up site content, our Composer has decided to take a breather from that activity and solicit some feedback from her customers.
Constructive, honest feedback is critical to your growth as an artist. Sometimes we are so engaged in the details, or perhaps so enthusiastic about the big picture concept, that we have lost sight of obvious problems and issues which are blocking progress and success.
How is your website working, on a technical level? When was the last time you asked someone to share their experience on the site? Our Composer finally asked for some artists to go on the site and surf around a bit and share their experience with her.
Do you share work in progress? Our Composer spoke with an artist friend recently. He was relating how typical it is, when he is drawing, for his friends to want to see what he is working on. He keeps a separate notebook which shows finished works and which he will share, because usually what he is currently about is sketching and the sketches are, by definition, very early stage, very rough stuff.
And certainly the sharing out of the “finished works” notebook provides an opportunity for useful feedback. But how much more when we offer up very raw early stage stuff. It takes some courage, some confidence. We are concerned about our reputation. And certainly there needs to be some balance. We want to make good impressions – we are not interested in showing our “dirty laundry” per se. But we should explore forums where it is “safe” to show the raw sides, the unformed sides, the experimental sides. Feedback in early stages of a project can be powerful in terms of enabling the conceptual work. Our composer was always shy about discussing her new ideas. Lately she tries to bounce more ideas off of more people and she is surprised at how this very process of articulating new ideas to others enables her to progress more successfully, more efficiently, through her conceptual work, with her creative thinking.