Do you ever feel lost in what you’re doing?
Do you have trouble remembering the bigger picture?
As artists and creative people, it can be easy to forget why we began creating in the first place.
It can so easily feel like you’re talking into the vacuum of space, posting all your hard work into a black hole.
So how you do get noticed?
You need “a thing”, or a niche.
Something important to us as human beings is being good at something. We all like to feel like we have ‘our thing’. Not only does defining your niche make you more memorable as a creator, but it also makes your work feel more filling—your heart has to be in it for it to work.
For us to have ‘our thing’ we kind of have to make it up on our own.
Whether that’s your middle school awards or that class in college that totally changed your life, you’ve found your thing.
When trying to compete in the rat-race of social media popularity, gaining commissions, and finding new clients—we often lose sight of ‘our thing’, and which work made us happy to begin with.
You work hard, but you don’t know where you want to go with your art or business.
Whenever I’m feeling this way (because we all do from time to time), I always go through the same exercise that I’m going to share with you right now!
- What do you do and why?
- How do you do it?
- What’s your method and why do you do it that way?
That’s it? Almost.
Envisioning your future can be the simplest exercise for self-discovery.
The importance of having a vision of your future:
- To keep you focused on a plan
- To keep you motivated towards your goals
- To master your skillset—narrowing down to one niche to build capitol to support your plan
What that might look like:
I wanted to share an expert of my Future Vision as an example of what measures you should focus on as a newbie, rather than looking at vanity metrics and low-ROI tasks.
So, here is part of my personal Future Vision from 2017—a pinnacle point in my life, when I was finishing school and planning to become self-employed:
At 28 I picture my life modern, but simple. With a dog and my own patch of grass, living in a smart home and tending a greenhouse. Where we live is only filled with what we need and love. I'm happy and healthy. My dreams of being a self-employed artist are a reality. I have a mildly successful blog I write and a podcast I do every month. I am finally thrilled to be living and have built better positive thinking techniques. I have healthy habits and meditate every day. I do yoga and jog to stay healthy and active. I eat the best foods for my body with lots of fresh greens and nuts. I feel great in the skin I'm in and only wear what is for me. I want to tread my own path in life and pursue my passions. I focus my energy on producing rather than consuming, being more conscious of whats going into my body, and making my body move more. To spend more time and effort on experiences than possessions- It has made me so humble and grateful to have kept this life.
14 Questions To Guide You Towards Your Niche + Vision
- What are my strengths? What am I good at?
- What do people come to me for advice or help with?
- What do I get excited or passionate about?
- Who are the most important people in my life and why?
- What do I need (to do) to feel my best?
- Where is the majority of my energy and attention been going lately?
- What lessons have I learned in the past 3 months? 6 months? Year?
- List my recent wins & failures.
- What would I do if I knew I could not fail?
- If I had all the money in the world, what would I do?
- How would I like to give back or help others?
- What drives me & what do I hunger for?
- What do I need more of in my life?
- What are my values & how do I live out those values in my own life?
I urge you to pull out your journal, day-planner, notes app, or whatever it is you use to record your ideas and get started on answering these questions! I promise you that this exercise will without a doubt help you refine your niche and overall vision for your life and art business.
Until next time,
Joey Dean is an illustrator and artist lifestyle blogger.
Since starting his online art-based business in 2016, Joey has been writing educational articles to help other artists learn essential solo-preneur skills like time management and productivity and is best known for his ability to translate left-brained concepts for right-brained people.
Share his passion for comics and creative lifestyle on his blog, The Artist Journal, and catch him at @joeytoadstool across the universe.