Bojana Novakovic: “I’m trying to live my life by serving somehow, especially with the photographs that I do while working in Nepal. But I don’t have a message. Other people can create a message from it. I think people are looking for messages and people look for heroes and examples, but I’m not that person and there is nothing in me that says I need to bring this message. I live how I think humans should live”.
“It doesn’t matter if you are a hobbyist or a full-time artist as long as you are making something and it is satisfying to you. Know what you are willing to sacrifice for your art (time, sweat, equity, money, etc.) and push that boundary– just find a way to continue until you can’t or won’t.”
“Be prepared to work hard, overcome lots of criticism and (sometimes) you will have to carry on with very little support from family and friends. But always believe in what you do. Find a way to pay your bills and never ever give up!”
“Just be brave and do whatever it takes to make your dream happen. Don’t be shy and ask everything, everywhere, everyone. Don’t think that the most important thing is to have great equipment, the best tools etc. Yes, that’s important, but the main things you need to use are your eyes, hands, body, your brain and soul- that is what creates art.”
“Knowing what I know now, I probably would tell myself to get on with it at a quicker pace! But you can’t live in regret or keep saying “if only I had done it this way” you learn from your mistakes and past experiences and look at them as just a speed bump in your success story.”
“Find what resonates in you. A mistake I made early on was not giving myself enough flexibility in my work – trying so hard to be like the people I admired in the art world and not realizing that what *I* had to offer was something special and unique. We really deprive the world of what we have to offer when we try to copy other artist’s work. That’s not to diminish being inspired by other artists (where would we be without the ones who came before us?) – but finding your own voice is such a treasure.”