CTN Artist Spotlight
What is your name and the name of your company?
Stephen Silver and my company is Silver Art Academy.
How do you measure success?
I measure success by the enjoyment and happiness in whatever activity I am involved in. Am I fulfilled, am I enjoying this, whatever this may be. That is success.
What’s one mistake you made early on?
One mistake I made early on was not knowing enough about the business of art. Not understanding how to negotiate and just accept what was being told to me.
What’s the toughest part of being in charge?
The toughest part of being in charge is simply knowing that any actions and steps you take are your responsibility and questioning at times if you are making the right or wrong decision. It can work for you or against you, but in the end it is all life lessons and being in charge of your destiny is the greatest reward of all.
What is your best motivator?
My best motivator is other peoples life stories. By watching documentaries and biographies and programs that Oprah Winfrey airs all really speak to me and excite me about this journey.
What’s your proudest accomplishment in your business?
My proudest accomplishment in my business is seeing the light switch turn on when I work with and teach other artists. I am also proud of the fact that when I get ideas to create things, I do it. I make them all a reality, from self-publishing, developing apps and opening up my own Brick and Mortar art school the Silver Drawing Academy.
What have you sacrificed?
Throughout my journey, I do not feel I have sacrificed. I have always gained more insight and knowledge even if things didn’t go according to plan. I have been aware of potential dangers and avoided them so that I would not see them as a sacrifice in the future. For instance, I knew 6 years ago, if i did not go freelance full time, I would miss out on my kids growing up and to me that would have been the greatest sacrifice. So I realized that and became a full time dad, always available and present for my kids- no regrets.
What have you learned?
I have learned to ENJOY the journey, do not worry or think about what others are doing or saying. There is only one true path in this life and it is your own. Do not live your life through the expectations of others, Don’t work too hard and try to be as present in every situation you are in so you can embrace it. The goal should be to “Spend a calm life”
What is next is continuing a path of teaching and keeping my eyes open to any fun opportunities that come my way. No expectations. No pressures, good health and effecting other peoples lives.
Thank you Stephen Silver for taking time to share your insights and thoughts.
We’ll see you in November at CTNX 2014.