September 20, 2006.
Main Entry: art·ist
1 a obsolete : one skilled or versed in learned arts b archaic : PHYSICIAN c archaic : ARTISAN 1
2 a : one who professes and practices an imaginative art b : a person skilled in one of the fine arts
3 : a skilled performer; especially : ARTISTE
4 : one who is adept at something <con artist> <strikeout artist>
Okay truth be told this is one of my biggest pet peeves. Uh, notice the definition from Websters' Dictionary.........it says skilled. Skilled to me means you have a degree! Or, have taken some college courses eh? A 2 week course maybe?
Considering that I went to school, got the degree I consider (as many others do too) myself an artist. However, many er I say 'women or moms' that are crafters or crafty or not, call themselves artists. I like to decorate, I have been complimented many times on my skills on decorating my home.....yet I do NOT consider myself an interior decorator.
In my industry this 'term artist' seems to be thrown around quite a bit. It makes me crazy, really it does. So I recommend if you claim to be something - be it, own it, live it, or by all means fake it so we do not know (and we always know) that you are faking it.
And secondly, own something unique, try and make it your own. Do not just rip off what an other artist/entrepreneur has already done. I swear, this happens time and time again. When starting a business do you want to be known as a fake or a copy cat?
Okay, I got that off my chest, now my husband will not have to hear me pontificate tonight about it.....I may complain about something else though ;).