As creators, we are frequently told to find our passion and begin building our portfolio and network as early as possible. After all, the more time we can dedicate to something, the better the outcome will be. Inherently, entrepreneurs are creative which can lead to being multi-passionate, meaning a lot of different ideas excite us at once. Radmila Lolly, a musician and fashion designer, says being an artist isn’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. In fact, finding success as an artist is all about not having limits.
Lolly moved to the United States at 19 years old, and has since released two albums, produced over 8 music videos, designs her own costumes and launched her own couture fashion label, Elarata Casata. In addition, she’s working on a novel with a programmatic album and couture collection to accompany it.
Not limiting herself to just a singing career, Lolly is able to work in a multidisciplinary fashion and realize her full potential as an artist and storyteller. Here is how she fuses all of her passions into a successful career.
1. Find Inspiration
“I get inspired by sounds, colors, textures, and life itself,” says Lolly. “Give up perfectionism and find what you love! You don’t constantly need to be inventing something new, either. You can review past ideas, and ultimately, do your best to work intuitively. It’s important to remember that our life span is very short, so we have a limited time here on earth. We must try our best to leave a positive legacy behind that will inspire others.” Keep on the lookout for anything that inspires you, even if it’s not in the specific industry you are working in – the best ideas can come from the most random places.
2. Give Up Comparison
“It might seem like an impossible task to stop comparing yourself, but art is subjective. There will always be someone who is better at a technique than you are, or more prolific or famous. Rather than comparing yourself to someone else, letting doubt creep into your art and affect your creative energy, focus on yourself,” suggests Lolly. “I don’t think of other artists/designers as competitors. We are all just trying to make the most out of our work and careers. Compare yourself to your past self and assess your progress. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished so far.”
3. Let Your Goals Evolve
In addition to looking back, Lolly advises creators to set goals, but also be mindful of how life might change. “I’m very fortunate that we live in an era where we can continue to learn, evolve, and pursue our goals and dreams regardless of age,” notes Lolly. “We don’t live in a world where you must have everything figured out by age 23. In the past, the prevailing attitude dictated that people should choose their career path at an early age, and then continue pursuing that goal for the rest of their lives. I think that’s unrealistic.
“Our goals and dreams when we’re 18 are generally very different from our goals when we are 35. When I 18, I thought I’d be a concert singer. Now, looking back at age 35, I’m still a singer, but not in the way I initially envisioned. I think of myself as a multidisciplinary artist and storyteller. Leave room for your goal to expand and evolve as time goes on.”
Give your goals and dreams enough breathing room to get bigger than you could have even imagined. If you are only committed to a certain type of success, you may not be allowing even bigger success to come into existence.
4. Keep Going
As you move forward with your career, whatever it might be, Lolly says it’s essential to just keep creating. “Try things, and even if they don’t work, don’t give up. Don’t listen to anyone who doesn’t believe in you or your future goals. And as you develop your style and grow your confidence, don’t be shy to knock on every door possible. When you do make it, no one will remember you as being annoying. They will just think of you as someone who was persistent enough to go after what you desire,” Lolly says.
Finally, Lolly says to be kind. “Even if someone doesn’t appreciate you, you will attract much more positivity in the long run.” Her mantra? “Dream, believe, work, achieve.”
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