Shantell Martin: Why Being An Artist Is Fundamentally About Hard Work
Artist Shantell Martin shares why she doesn't believe in that you need luck to be successful in the art world, but simply tenacity and diligence.
Shantell Martin believes she was born to be creative. “For me, I create because I can’t help it. I wake up, and I want to draw, I want to make something.” But it took her a long time to feel like she was a real artist. “When I first moved to New York, I never felt comfortable calling myself an artist. I think it was only probably a couple years ago where it felt natural and honest saying I was an artist. I think that’s because I felt like I couldn’t use that term for myself if I wasn’t functioning from my art, surviving from my art.”