|Ali painting her daughter Neve.|
I did ask Neve the question "How to begin to understand the life of an Artist - especially a Christian artist - which is always a life of love and of pain - how to we begin to convey that to the young? Or to anyone?" and she had so many answers. She nailed it. Some hard truths. She is seriously observant, I'm actually impressed.In a nutshell she gave these insights and advice for a 16 or 17 yr old Christian wanting to become a artist (visual, actor, writer, musician)
1. Stay very very close to God.2. Accept that you have to live/exist on a prayer. There is no financial stability for many years, possibly your whole life, but trust that God really will (and does) provide for you.3. You have to be dedicated ... Like more dedicated than you have ever imagined. You cannot give up if you are going to succeed.4. You cannot be delusional.5. You cannot be idealistic. You cannot get stuck on a certain idea or 'vision' because it will keep you from growing. Bounce your ideas and visions off of others and listen to their feedback. Don't trust the feedback of one person, but many. If there is a common thread in the feedback then listen and work to improve in that area.6. If you want to be successful there is a certain amount of give that has to happen in order to make your art palatable to the masses. This does not mean that you have to "sell out" or not be yourself. You just have to listen to the world and be determined to find 'the right mixture'... be determined to master your skill so that your art is being expressed in the best possible way. And that your art is taken to the level of greatness. (don't get stuck in idealism or delusion)7. It's ok to be inspired by others and influenced, but NEVER imitate someone else. You have to 'do you'. If someone tries to become their artistic idol, then in the end they just become a cheap imitation of another person.8. If you are wanting to be an actor, artist, writer, musician, you have to be good. There are improvements that can be made, you can grow and get better, but for the most part you can either do it or you can't. If you can't, if you don't have natural ability, then you need to accept that (not be disillusioned).9. Know your limitations. Don't try to do things you can't. Work within the bounds of what your abilities are and be realistic.10. Take constructive criticism and learn and grow from it. Do not be offended and prideful. Stay humble and you will flourish.11. It is a business and it has to be treated like a business.