If you have been following along with Artistic Journeys, you know I’ve always written an introduction to the article. What you don’t know is everyone that has partaken has gotten an advance copy to read. Most of the artists have told me they felt this weird feeling permeate their inner being knowing people were reading about them, and this feeling is worse for private people.
Writing profiles for other people is easy. Writing a profile for yourself isn’t so easy. As weird as it sounds, I’ve learned through the years that L.A. James is a different person than Lisa James. I’ve boxed my identity off, and it makes working for myself easier.
My L.A. James identity decided eons ago what was allowed of my personal life to be revealed in business and writing. When I decided to work for myself, that bridge fortified. I decided to stick to overarching themes that are extremely important to me, and education is one of those themes. It’s why I started Artistic Journeys.
Artistic Journeys was to showcase that growth takes time, and it was to encourage the viewer that what they see others do, they can do too. Everyone has hardships, and there is never an easy path to success. It’s through perseverance one grows. I wanted you to see that everyone has struggles, and there wasn’t an explosion where a person went from point A to point Z in one leap. Many people want you to believe that, and it doesn’t help anyone starting out!
I also wanted you to come out with avenues for growth because finding quality growth is getting harder to do these days. There are many “educational” sites popping up, and free videos are abundant, yet so much of it ends up wasting your time. I would rather highlight places that are good than leave you struggling in areas that won’t help you.
My story seems rather drab compared to those that have overcome huge hurdles of life and death. Nevertheless, I am on a journey just like you are. At one time, I didn’t know how to open Photoshop or Painter. At one time, I didn’t know anything, and now I know a few things! My story is here to showcase a person working towards art improvement with limited time each day, and maybe that will help you continue in your journey!
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