The word “No”, in it’s most native form, is covered in gooey negativity.
“No, you can not have any cake.”
It is all about perspective and which side of the cake battle you are actually on. The cake handler knows you are diabetic and won’t let you have cake, it makes you sad but it’s good for you in the long run. Flip side, you are the cake handler and have only enough cake to give as a sacrifice to appease the Maker Gods, so clearly giving a slice out is unacceptable and would ruin future projects. Again, it’s all about perspective.
2016 was my “Year of No”. It started literally at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve 2016 as I hit the final “update” button on my portfolio website. I was hunched over my keyboard thinking about how I could take my art to the next level. I decided that my skills and hard work would thrive even if I had to force them along, like zipping up a pair of jeans two sizes too small. A lot of epic adventures started this past year from saying no. I was in Hollywood, CA working with Frank Ippolito twice for various projects, I landed some sweet freelance gigs with respectable well paying clients, and I even connected with some famous artists who love my style. Saying no has resulted in great successes and time better spent, but positive experiences from hearing “no” were not always well received. I had my fair share of upset clients, the end of several toxic friendships, and various other sacrifices to my social life. It was still the best choice I could have made for myself, my art, and my future.