What if you send art to clients and get back… zip, nada, nothing?

We all get knockbacks in our careers. We don’t get that client we really wanted, or a job gets killed. That’s life. But what if you send work around, and keep sending it around, but get no response? What should you do?

How do you know when to keep going and when to give up? In this 3 minute video Lilla gives it to you straight, and also offers her top tips for hanging in there when times are tough.

If you are fed up of not getting responses from potential clients, join us for Make Art That Sells Part A/B and learn exactly what art directors are looking for, in the top ten lucrative markets for art. Sign up here, but hurry, class begins on March 2!



  • Thank you for another fabulous pep talk Lilla!

    by janenewland
    February 15, 2015
  • Love these lil clips of great reminders that you give us! I am so excited for MATS B to be here and learn and participate in the crazy fun filled 5 weeks.

    February 15, 2015
  • Thanks! Beth recorded a bunch of these and it’s so great to be able to share the information with you.

    February 15, 2015
  • thanks for this Lilla! :)

    February 16, 2015
  • Lilla – will you be my mum?!
    Such great advice. Love these short videos.

    February 16, 2015
  • Lilla, you are so confident and inspiring in your delivery and advice – thank you for sharing such great content!

    February 16, 2015
  • You are SUCH an inspiration. Thank you! Wish so much I could take your MATS A & B. As soon as the little one starts school … in the mean time: bootcamp, bootcamp, bootcamp. Year round if you do that!

    by mitzietestani
    February 16, 2015
  • Thank you Lilla, as always you’re turning négative to positive

    by Élise Chevry
    February 16, 2015
  • My question: where are the 25 emails every few months supposed to go?

    by Dina Bernardin
    February 16, 2015
  • My first post on here.. just have to say thank you too! I get a great chuckle of agreement on some of the really poignant things like “There is no ‘Ready’!” in the last video, and the “Hutzpah!” in this one… funny thing is these are things that will stick in our heads and help push us on, maybe even the rest of our lives! … Thank you Lilla :)

    by tanithlarking
    February 16, 2015
  • Sooo liking these talks lilla! It makes me feel like I’m gonna make it some day.. As long as I keep on going!

    February 16, 2015
  • This is just what I needed to hear. While I have had good response to my work, my weakness is self-promotion. I am terrible at talking about myself and my work. Seeing the act of self-promotion of art and illustration normalized here is SO HELPFUL. I went to an art school where commercial work and making art that sells was bafflingly demonized; it’s taken some work to un-do that terrible message! <3

    February 16, 2015
  • Yes. Yes. And yes :) Thank you for drilling it in :)

    February 16, 2015
  • Bravo – thanks Lilla – Love these snippets!

    February 16, 2015
  • Thanks Lilla…you are still such a source of inspiration for me! Thanks for all that you give. x

    February 16, 2015
  • I resonate with everything you say in this short video!! So true –find a way, a strategy that worlds for you and never, never, never Give up!

    February 16, 2015
  • It’s so great to hear what resonates with all of you! xo

    February 16, 2015
  • Lilla! The UNIVERSE sent me your pep talk today. I sincerely thank you for this; it was just the kick in the pants that I required this evening to quit my wallowing. :)
    I’m SO glad I found you and your studio last year; thank you again for a most welcome pep talk.

    February 16, 2015
  • Thanks so much Lilla. I find your talks so helpful and encouraging!

    February 17, 2015
  • You’re keeping me going… Don’t stop!!!

    February 17, 2015
  • Thanks for this post!
    I like the idea of setting a rejection limit.
    In your opinion what’s the percentage
    Of a rejection an artist should be ready to get?

    February 17, 2015
  • I think a good question to ask is, “When you were born, did you have anything to do with the artistic talent that you have enjoyed?” Why was it put there? Why is it not in other people around you or in everyone in your family? Why you? How did it get there? Who put it there? Are you a random mutation that happened to get the right lottery number that won you artistic talent? I submit to your reflection that you were given that talent by your Creator…Jesus Christ. And that He gave it to you individually because He loves you and has a purpose for giving you that exceptional gifting…and that you will find real peace and real fulfillment if you go to Him and let Him communicate what that is. He knows us better than we know ourselves. We’ll never find it on our own…we have to be shown and told by Him. He is the only way to part the dark clouds of self doubt and fear. It’s a wonderful thing to have that personal contact with Him and He offers it to anyone who seeks that answer from Him. That’s my experience. It works.

    February 18, 2015
  • Hi, Anjali! there is no percentage of rejections one should expect per se, but it’s totally fine and healthy to get a lot of them, as long as there are some good responses or jobs along the way. If not, get better at your art (MATS!). If you are getting work, keep growing (MATS!). Ultimately you can be very busy with pretty constant work. xo

    February 22, 2015
  • hello Lilla,

    Hmmm, there were many times I wanted to give up, but art is in my heart and soul and I return to it, with a renewed spirit. I have not found my niche but I’m excited about a lot of new possibilities that I’ve been researching on the web. Spring is coming, an exciting new season. I’m feeling empowered to play, dream, create and get my train moving!
    Peace, Harmony and Happiness

    Jocy /Jacy Design

    March 5, 2015

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