Some Fears that Designers and Artists Need to Dismantle in their Life and Work


By Atim Annette Oton Each month, I encounter artists and designers whose life and work are deeply engaged in fear in ways that even their creative minds can not overcome. I find there are four failures that define what they are experiencing and writing about them is a way to provide a guide and path… Read More Some Fears that Designers and Artists Need to Dismantle in their Life and Work

Breaking Serial Entrepreneurial Lessons of Failure


A serial entrepreneur is “an entrepreneur who continuously comes up with new ideas and starts new businesses. As opposed to a typical entrepreneur, who will often come up with an idea, start the company, and then see it through and play an important role in the day to day functioning of the new company, a serial entrepreneur will often come… Read More Breaking Serial Entrepreneurial Lessons of Failure

The Head Game: 6 Ways to Break the What Ifs to do Life’s Work


by Atim Annette Oton Most people wonder why I seem to move ahead and succeed in what I plan or intend. My simple response is that my head game is extremely focused and inline with my life, goals and objectives, and I am on a mission to fulfill my dream. Additionally, I think positively and actually… Read More The Head Game: 6 Ways to Break the What Ifs to do Life’s Work

The Artist’s and Designer’s Cover-up: Fronting, Stuck, Hiding and Running Away


by Atim Annette Oton My last 13 years of working with artists and designers have revealed some deep and critical issues about how they handle themselves in crisis or make critical decisions. What it shows are four destructive paths that form the basis of self sabotage and result in failure, so when I began to… Read More The Artist’s and Designer’s Cover-up: Fronting, Stuck, Hiding and Running Away

Change and Reinvention: The Art of Navigating your Art or Design Career


by Atim Annette Oton Change is one of the hardest places to get to or to do as an artist or designer, I know. Since graduating from architecture school in 1991, I have been strategic about making change and reinventing myself and career. The 1991 recession made me realize that it would be 10 times harder to get a… Read More Change and Reinvention: The Art of Navigating your Art or Design Career

Succeeding as an Artist and Designer: Breaking through Failure


by Atim Annette Oton For the last 13 years, I have spent time counselling artists and designers about moving the careers to the next level. A good number of them have been emerging and established, but they have common threads when it comes to failure. Carolyn Edlund wrote the best list on how to fail as… Read More Succeeding as an Artist and Designer: Breaking through Failure