1. Do not wait for inspiration.2. Do not let yourself get interrupted.3. Find your focus.4. Work to build a following, and your reputation.5. Be patient. Be tenacious. Be dedicated. Success does not happen quickly.6. Use a schedule. Be organized.7. Finish your work.8. Put away the “how to” books and videos, and DO.9. Be a part of an artistically active community.
These 9 rules were adapted from this post on the difference between a professional and an amateur artist. We thought the idea was good but the delivery was a little polarizing, so we flipped it to be more inclusive. So there.