I think that the biggest challenge artist face is being good enough. To be a successful singer, you need to be very good at what you do. You need to be able to capture the interest of people. The thing is that most of the people who are "successful" artists aren't even that great, they just happen to have something special about them that makes them stand out.
If you're an up and coming artist, you need to keep working hard, because there's no such thing as natural talent. Every successful artist was once an amateur too.
I’ve been working as a professional artist for the past seven years. As I have grown my business, I have learned that this career is not necessarily the dream that most people think it is.
Here are some of the biggest challenges I have faced and continue to face to this day.
Lack of Confidence
Artists lack confidence in their work and in themselves. They tend to compare themselves with others and feel that they're not good enough, or that they don't deserve success. They downplay their achievements and make excuses when asked about their artwork. Many times, artists don't even see themselves as "real" artists because of this lack of confidence.
But the truth is that each artist brings something new to the world through his or her creation. And it takes a long time for an artist to create a style that is true to him/herself. Even established artists have days when they feel they're not good enough.
Imposter Syndrome is common among creative people, so you're not alone if you feel like an imposter sometimes! My advice is to recognize your feelings and don't let them bring you down. Focus on what you love about your art, instead of comparing yourself with others. If you want to get better at something or learn how to do something new, just spend some time practicing it. And keep creating!
The biggest challenge is that there are so many artists out there. Being different and finding your niche/voice as an artist are key to making it. I am a photographer and I know a lot of others in my area who are also photographers. It's not just about the artistic talent, it's about knowing business, marketing, PR, social media, contracts, etc. If you want to get into commercial work then you need to be able to do your own accounting and the other things that come with running a business.
It's a huge challenge but it's worth it. Work hard and don't give up on your dreams.