The New Stuff

thumbs down

How to Gracefully Handle Criticism About Your Art


What is criticism? It is the judging of the merits and faults of something or someone in an intelligible manner. It is not merely finding fault, but finding solutions so the work can be improved exponentially. We know this but it is sometimes not very easy for artists especially when we’ve invested too much time and effort in our work. It is also especially hard because we attach ourselves to the work. Any bad review seems like a personal attack. But it shouldn’t be that way. Here are some tips on how you should handle criticism when you’re an artist:

IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S YOUR ART. First of all, you have to develop this mindset so everything else on this list becomes easy. It’s not easy, but try to really separate yourself from your art so that no matter what people say, you won’t get offended.

ONLY GET CRITICISM FROM PEOPLE WHOSE OPINIONS YOU RESPECT. So you won’t be wasting time (and emotions), only pay attention to criticism from people you respect (intelligent, with solutions, articulate). You  should just cover your ears when the conversation becomes like this:

REALLY LISTEN TO WHAT THEY’RE SAYING.  Understand the point of views of your critics because they might have good points. Stop yourself from thinking of retorts and just really pay attention first.  You can get plenty of solid advice by listening.

SEPARATE THE WHEAT FROM THE CHAFF. Separate the good from the bad, and take only what you can use from it. You don’t have to change your style, or way of thinking, or subject matter just because someone else has a different opinion.

In the end, I think you’ll grow the most as an artist by listening to others, weighing the merits of what they’re saying, and then choosing your own path, whatever that may be.

DON’T BE DEFENSIVE. Be open-minded. When you have creative endeavors, feedback is necessary for you to achieve a good result. Just listen, nod, take in what you think is necessary and spit out what you think is not helpful. Don’t be defensive. Every person that consumes your art has every right to say something about it. The argument that people have no right to criticize your work because they haven’t done anything (movie, song, whatever) is an invalid argument. If you’re not a good sport when it comes to criticism, then you better learn how to be graceful about it fast.

_________________________________________________________
Unified Manufacturing is an L.A. -based one-stop-shop that offers very affordable CD/DVD/USB replication, custom printing, promotional products, warehousing and fulfillment and many more. If you need an Instant Quote on a project and you want FREE SHIPPING, simply CLICK HERE.

Share

Recently Published

»

What Musicians Should Do in 2018 to Achieve Music Career Success

How do you break through the clutter and show the world your ...

»

CD Packaging: Urbanski- Selected Works

Creative Agency: UVMW Illustrator: Wojtek Urbanski Creative ...

Doomsday vinyl box set
»

The Loveliest Colorful Vinyl Box Sets For the Avid Collector

You know we are madly in love with creative vinyl records and vinyl ...

Music waveform
»

10 Music Business Predictions For 2018

Here are ten music business predictions that can affect the music ...

Repo Man License Tin DVD Box Set
»

10 DVD Box Sets With the Most Kickass Packaging

We all love good films but we usually just watch them in the cinemas ...

The Scissors Paperart CD packaging
»

6 Essential CD Packaging Tips for Every Designer

It’s your first time to design a CD packaging and you thought ...

Pjus Slowowtory CD packaging
»

CD Packaging: Pjus – Słowowtóry

Creative Agency: UVMW Creative Direction, Design: Kasia Michalak, ...

»

Surefire Ways to Boost Your CD Sales

Add a freebie. You can add something as simple as a button or a ...

»

2018 Grammy Nominations for Best Boxed Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

The Grammy season is just round the corner and we are thrilled seeing ...

Read previous post:
gory shirt design
Wow! These Conceptual Shirt Designs are so Hard to Ignore.

If you're promoting a product, band, film, event or what have you, t-shirts are an awesome way to create a buzz....

Close