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Exercise: The Anti-Critique

Lesson 16 from: Art School Rehab: Finding Success Without Selling Out

Megan Auman

Exercise: The Anti-Critique

Lesson 16 from: Art School Rehab: Finding Success Without Selling Out

Megan Auman

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16. Exercise: The Anti-Critique


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


Reprogram The Art School Mentality


Roadblock 1: Art School Makes You Feel Guily about Making Money


Exercise: Get Comfortable Charging More


Q&A: Pricing


Student Examples: Pricing


Roadblock 2: Art School Gives You the Luxury of Working Slowly


Exercise: Develop a Process for Getting Past Decision Paralysis


Lesson Info

Exercise: The Anti-Critique

even the word pretty good brings up fear. But this is an anti critique, so we're doing things a little bit differently. So I'm gonna set some ground rules for our anti critique, and I'm gonna make you guys do it. Um, So the first rule for the anti critique is that you're gonna focus on one piece of the time. We're not gonna talk about a whole body of work. We're just gonna talk about one thing, and we're gonna be a specific. It's possible. So we're gonna actually look for things that we like. Rule number three This is the big one. Positive Onley. So the whole point of this exercise that you were only allowed to say nice things about your own work and there cannot be any qualifying statements. So you cannot say I really love this, but I wish this part was better. Nope. Onley, positives. And here's where it gets even trickier. No outside help or opinions. Not at this stage. I'm gonna make you sit there and come up with things that you love about your work. Kayla's already looking for all...

right. And then roll number five is to record your responses I don't like this is a written exercise because then you're like sitting there thinking about it. So if you're doing this at home, our group here has the advantage of being recorded by lots and lots of video cameras. Not to make you nervous. If you're doing this at home, open up a recorder app on your smartphone or on your computer and just hit record and talk it out, and then you can go back to write them down later and then repeat. This process is often as necessary. So the first couple times you do it might feel really uncomfortable. But you want to keep doing this so that it gets really easy. And because I thought it was only fair, I decided I would go first. So this is one specific piece, and so I will talk about some of the things that I like about it. So I really love how I was able to create the sense of balance. Even though I was working with asymmetrical stones. I really love how the simple setting that I'm using pops against the white, but it actually really let's as much of the stone show through as possible, and one of the other things I love about it is that it's actually comfortable to wear. The balance of it is really great. So it sits on your neck and kind of sits on your collarbone and so you can wear and it feels really comfortable. And also I just like that The Stones were really, really pretty, right? So that's really the gist of what we're doing here is we're just looking for those positive.

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Ratings and Reviews


This class was so good - it's not just for people who went to art school, but anyone who has (or wants to have) a creative-based business. Megan's lessons break down the overwhelmingness of roadblocks and gives you tangible tools to get past them, shift your mindset, and shows you how to focus. There were so many elements to this class that were helpful, but overall I think if you feel like you're stuck, you overanalyze every decision, and feel like you want to move forward but don't know how, this class is for you. Thanks Megan, for helping me work on a plan to move me past my hurdles.

Kiki B

What a great class! Megan has helped me to really understand what my business goals are and how to achieve them, and has given me heaps of confidence to boot. This is going to be a great year for my creative business!

Kim S. Joy

I have owned this class for awhile and just decided to start it.... well I should have watched/taken this class years ago! I did not go to art school but follow that mindset. This was amazing. So much to learn and unlearn. The pricing and raising your prices what just what I needed. Thank you Megan for another wonderful class.

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