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I received a question about how I go about finding the right art opportunity.  

It took me a while to discover and get clear on what my mission was as an artist. But it wasn't that my art changed or I became better or that I matured as an artist, before that happened. Things changed for me when I noticed the word "mission" in art submissions. I realized that I had to go beyond "here's my work, I work in this medium and thank you for your consideration", when answering artist's calls.  I had to define myself as an artist. When I began to talk about my mission as an artist or my mission for that particular artist call, I got more feedback, more attention and more opportunities opened up. It also saved me and others a lot of time, because I stopped (wild)-submitting to calls that didn't match my mission and therefore getting less rejection notices. So state your mission in the submission.

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