What is your core value? What is your ultimate purpose? If you had asked me this about 5 years ago, I wouldn’t have had a clear answer for you. I had a sense of what I wanted to do, a general direction I envisioned for myself, but it wasn’t until I entered into an intense period of Mentoring and Business Coaching Sessions that I discovered and could articulate my core values and how to leverage them.

Some of you may not know that I offer one on one Mentoring and Business Coaching Sessions. With all my clients, we examine their core beliefs, what they truly value and not only want but need to express. It’s so exciting to watch the evolution of a client as they recognize and claim their gifts and power as an artist.

With a mentor, you can be guided towards your deepest values and your ultimate purpose. The ideas and inspiration are not out there but are within you and have always been.

Here’s a recent random conversation I had with an older, grizzled man on the subway:

Him: I’m taking a class on mindfulness.
Me: It’s great. I really enjoyed it.
Him: My lower back hurts though and my hips.
Me: Yup, the seat of emotions. Is there anything you haven’t forgiven yourself for?
Him: I wish I was a better father, I was never there for my girls.
Pause
Him: Who has this type of conversation on a subway?
Me: We do.

My ultimate value is intimacy. Yup. I can’t escape it so I let it wild and loose. Even on the New York subway.
‪#‎overheardinNewYork‬

Discover your core value through Business and Creative Coaching w/ Daphne Chan

Discover your core value through Business and Creative Coaching w/ Daphne Chan

So much of the artist’s journey is learning to trust your own voice. There are the outer critics, but mostly the inner one that speaks the loudest, that questions what you do. Has it been done before? Is this idea any good? Is it new? Is this work good or worthy of attention? Will people respond to it?

In the end, you can only express who you are. Anyone can copy what you do but no one can be who you are.

So just be yourself. Isn’t it just easier?

This New York journey has begun and all I can do is trust the voice of instinct and passion that got me here in the first place.

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you.

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you.

If you’re in New York on Saturday March 14th, come check out this event at my new studio in Brooklyn. New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation is delighted to introduce CURATICISM |The Gam #2, a Spoken Words Exhibition curated by Alessandro Facente with NARS Artists-in-Residence Karolina Kaźmierska (Poland, France), Denise Treizman (Chile), Tuo Wang (China), Tomasz Kobialka (Australia) and curator Jodi Waynberg (New York) about the concept of displacement as absorbing.

Here’s the link to the event details.

CURATISM at NARS on Sat Mar 14, 2015

CURATISM at NARS on Sat Mar 14, 2015

Rule 9 Art is a Job (change your perspective)

It may be a job, it may be a whim, maybe even a calling and your ultimate calling. To say what is unsaid, to show what others are free to look at and to express what no one else can. I’ve spent two of the most incredible days immersing myself completely in experimental, blue-chip, world class art and a massive volume of visual stimulation that can only permeate the layers of inspiration that I need on this upcoming project. It’s now time to get back into the studio and let these ephemeral, fleeting ideas take root.

Rule 9 Art is a Job

Rule 9 Art is a Job