When I find information I share it with fellow artists. After doing this repeatedly, I get a lot of interesting reactions from people: don’t give too much information away, don’t share all your knowledge–other people will get ahead of you, don’t be so kind or nice because people are out to get you, they will take advantage of you—any and all of these statements may be true.
But I don’t care. I will continue to do what I do in spite of that. My best advice to all artists: stop concealing information and help other artists. We can all succeed if we work together and help one another. Do favors for other artists, give your best advice, talk up your fellow artists, share a venue you think would be good for them, help them when they need it most. I have friends that help one another pick up their work from exhibits, teach framing techniques, or send each other information about calls for artists. It cannot be all about the money—we all need to make a living, but making art comes from an internal desire to make something. We are born this way; to create. And the gifts we give can come back many times over—and for the few that don’t return the favors…they have a need to be the way they are. Forgive them and move on.