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They Are All Long Shots

I wrote this in 2015. I didn't get the job, but I sure did learn a lot. And I keep applying for things; I keep pulling back the bow.

I was corresponding with sculptor, Jay Hall Carpenter, who is someone that I admire tremendously, regarding a public memorial call that he suggested I apply for. I was feeling overwhelmed at the specifications of the call. I whined that I was probably going to apply, but that it was a long shot. To which he replied,“They are all long shots.” Those words reverberated in my bones. All of it, all these risks we take, they are all long shots. But if you keep pulling back that bow, one of these times you are going to hit the target with that long shot. The thing about trying and missing is that you are going to get better. It’s the only way success happens. So, I’m going to apply to the call. I’m going to do all of the work that goes into putting together a project proposal. And it will be rejected. And the next one I apply to will be even better. And the next even better. And one of these days, I’ll hit the target. And once you hit it enough times, you become a professional. Which isn’t to say that you don’t still miss the shot every now and again.

Making art takes courage.

Just pull back the bow.

You can see more of Jay’s work and some advice from the studio at his site: www.JayHallCarpenter.com