Some artists feel that they are not good enough to do certain projects and turn down potential career- building jobs. The point is that you have to start somewhere. Don't be afraid to fail. My first mural was awful. Someone in my sculpture class was talking about painting a mural in their kid's room and I said, "'l'll do it!!" Not realizing I had no idea how to paint, and had only painted one picture in my life, and that was in the tenth grade. I realized that it was time to step up to the plate. And I didn't. (As seen above, my first mural compared to a recent mural.) Luckily, they were happy with it. Amazingly, her friend loved it and hired me to do her child's nursery and then again in their new house, and yet again in the next house. So you never know where your first job, good or bad, will lead you. That was thirteen years ago and now I can paint anything! What I'm trying to say is, "You gotta start somewhere." When I started, I had confidence but no skills. But by painting more murals, I got better. Like I said, "Progress takes time!" So don't fizzle your art for your confidence...or ego, just go, learn, do and get better. It will happen.

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