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The life of a dreamer is never easy. Pursuing your dreams outside of societal norms is an invitation to public scrutiny. Once you’ve been exposed to that high number of eyes watching you, the pressure just consumes you and pulls you back to where you came from, depriving you of growing to the best of your ability. Having someone to support you, even indirectly, can do wonders to his self-worth and vision in life.
An artist pushes through all the walls just to have that quiet space all to herself where she can create art. An entrepreneur sees potential in a dirty rag in a garage sale and sells it for small money. A dreamer continues to reach for the skies despite the people telling him it’s impossible. Your time on this earth is finite, and when it ends is beyond your control no matter how much you prepare for it.
It’s vital to make the most out of your precious life doing the things that you’re passionate about, the things that make you want to get out of bed. During this pandemic, a time where anxiety and negativity hover over you, the pressure either confines you further inside a box or pushes you to get out of that shell. Most artists I know, especially in the blogging industry, started or returned to blogging as a healthy distraction and a means of earning money while at lockdown.
For some, they finally pursued their art because of fear that they may not get the chance to, considering that every day, they are constantly exposed to the deaths of famous personalities, strangers, family members, and many more. The ultimate fear of death has pulled them out of the shadows and into the light even when the fear was still there, but this time, they began living life in faith.
WHY SHOULD WE SUPPORT THEM?
- They need someone to believe in them. To achieve our dreams and aspirations, we all need someone to tell us what we’ve all said to others but never to ourselves. We all need to feel validated with our feelings, choices, and ideas. That’s simply the truth. To reach for the stars, we need to first believe that there are stars and that we can reach them. Be that person who will uplift his friend enough for him to realize his worth and purpose in this world.
- They need financial backup. Not all aspiring artists and entrepreneurs are born with a silver spoon in their mouths. Be that friend who will give at least a small amount of money, whatever you can manage, to your friend who needs financial help. Invest into their determination and craft because one day, they will repay you a hundred times fold. You will know your sacrifices are worth it because you’ve created a legend in the industry.
- To prove their haters wrong. All dreamers attract haters out of insecurity and jealousy. They may inspire other people with their grit and work ethic, but mostly it’s people who think they’re better than them. Be that someone who will shield his friend from unsolicited criticisms from people who are beneath them. Many artists/entrepreneurs stop building their start-up businesses and growing their image because of haters who keep discrediting their progress.
- To encourage them to step out of their comfort zone. There are those with incredible potential to go places but have little to no self-confidence to even make it out the door. You can see in them the overflowing gift they have but their mind is the enemy. Your support can make a huge difference in their lives, starting from letting them see and appreciate the gift given unto them by the Lord.
- To bless the world with their talent. Have you ever met someone who’s got huge potential with his ideas and concepts? Usually, these types of people either don’t have much self-confidence in them to believe that they can breed amazing ideas or they don’t have the right platform to share their skills. Be that person who will help his friend step in the right direction where he will have a better life, and the world blessed with another talent.
- To create a supportive environment around your friendship. When you show support and appreciation to your friends, you are building a healthy, interactive atmosphere that centers more on self-growth and dreams instead of gossip and drama. You are slowly inculcating genuine happiness for your friends over jealousy and competition. Support your friends in any way you can and you will see miracles.
- To fulfill their life’s purpose. By supporting your friends, you can remove them from the crossroads, from the destructive phase that keeps them farther away from their goals. You never know that the only help they need is another’s voice besides their own.
HOW CAN YOUR SUPPORT HELP YOUR ARTIST FRIENDS?
Many people out there don’t feel the need to show support to their friends in their course of work because they don’t think their help can make any difference. They underestimate the power of moral and emotional support in someone’s career. A monetary offering isn’t the most important type of support there is. As a friend, you’re one of his support systems and your opinion would surely matter to him.
It’s normal to feel not as excited and devoted as they would to their line of work, but you can make a bigger impact if you would try to be a part of their process instead of only the end result. Whether your friend is a beginner, intermediate, or an expert at what he’s doing, he needs all the support he can get from his friends, and that’s where you come in. If your friend is a singer, go to his gigs.
If your friend is a songwriter, listen to his compositions. If your friend is an author, read one or two pages of his manuscript. If your friend is an aspiring entrepreneur, help him build a brand around his product or service. Your help can mean a lot to an aspiring artist or entrepreneur, and when you do it often, you attract more energy and healthy vibes back to you.
7 WAYS TO SHOW SUPPORT TO YOUR FRIENDS’ DREAMS AS ASPIRING ARTISTS AND ENTREPRENEURS:
GIVE THEM CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM WHEN ASKED
Constructive criticism is vital for one’s growth because it allows the person to see his work from a different point of view. Remember to be sensitive and tactful when expressing your thoughts and asking questions. As a friend, your feedback is significant to them so be careful with what you say and what you don’t. Don’t give any commentary when it’s not asked of you; it can be rude when done at the wrong time.
BE INVESTED IN THEIR WORK
It comes naturally to us to support already popular artists or entrepreneurs or even strangers for that matter than having to show support to our own friends. Put the same level of faith and energy to people to whom you have a real connection. Ask how they’re doing, what their plans are, how they manage big choices, etc. Make them feel like you’re always there to support them even if you only talk occasionally.
RESPECT THEIR PRICE
Despite having fewer opportunities and failing businesses now more than ever, artists continue to be resourceful in being compensated for their work and inspiring others to follow their dreams. But even if their art is attached to a price tag, it never reflects and encapsulates the innate value of the creation they make including the time and effort they invest into it. Asking for free products or unreasonable discounts in the name of friendship is awful and disrespectful.
Don’t put your friends in a position where they feel conflicted between offering you a friendly gesture as a form of gratitude to you and meeting the goals of the company. You’ve witnessed their struggle to come to this point of success in their lives so value their time, money, and craft as you would with an artist you don’t know.
SHARE THEIR CRAFT
It has never been this easy to market someone’s business or craft to people in different places than right now in this digital era. It costs nothing to promote your friend’s book or artwork to your friends, like and comment on their posts, and leave good remarks. Moreover, you can also post a friendly recommendation on their page or refer someone who needs help to your friend’s small business.
UTILIZE THE WORD OF MOUTH
It’s not enough to give an ordinary “You got this” to your friend. Sometimes, you need to brag about them. Be proud of them. Never underestimate the power of the word of mouth. Up to this day, amidst modern digital marketing strategies, the word of mouth is still one of the most effective and quickest ways to gain attention and trust from customers. Word travels fast to different people especially personal testimonies. If their product or service is underrated, do them a favor and make it known to the public.
USE THEIR PRODUCTS OR SERVICES
You never know how good it feels when your friend reads your book and quotes a line from it. You never know how rewarding it feels when someone uses your product and says you made their life easier. You never know the real bond of flattery and worth until one uses your product or avails your services and compliments you for a job well done.
Using the products of their crafts yourself is a manifestation of your trust in their skill. It’s proof that you believe in their ability to create something out of nothing by making it a part of your daily routine. They will thank you for relying on them and giving them a chance to prove it to you.
CELEBRATE WITH THEM
Wherever they are in their journey, you can support your friends by celebrating with them. Let them know that you are so proud of them and make them feel like they’re understood when they can’t make it to lunch dates. When they get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, host a party for them and invite a bunch of friends. By doing this, you’re not only giving her time to acknowledge his achievements and take a break, but you are also helping him be mindful of what he has in the present.
WHAT IF MY FRIEND IS NOT AS GOOD AS HE THINKS HE IS?
Continue to be supportive in his passions regardless of his level of skill. You don’t have to rain on his parade just because you think he isn’t good enough. They don’t have to be the best at something for them to earn your support. However, if you have a business of your own and it comes to the point where they want to be a part of your brand, you don’t have to compromise the quality and integrity of your company to hire your friend.
Be open and honest about what you need and what you think is best for your business. If your friend’s services are not needed, he would understand. It’s not mandatory to hire them; there are many ways to show support for them.
Art has been more than an escape to artists all over the world, it’s been life support, a unique gem in the bottom of the ocean to those who are barely floating in their sea of anguish. In these trying times, it’s normal to feel lost in life, to lose the love of your passion, and to struggle in finding motivation for doing more than simply surviving.
Help your artist-entrepreneur friends and the good karma will come back to you. It’s a challenge to believe in yourself and take a gamble on where your gifts will take you. Sometimes, what a dreamer needs isn’t ideas but a trusted few who will hold their hand and tell them when it’s a good one or not.
“If you can do nothing else, do whatever is in your power to make the people in your life feel completely unashamed of who they are.”Sam Killermann