What traits do you need to become a successful artist?

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Can artists succeed on talent alone? Perhaps. But in the real world, certain personality traits make the art journey a great deal easier. We spoke to industry professionals who shared their thoughts on the traits that helped them to succeed professionally. 

Of course, an outstanding portfolio helps too (see our favourite design portfolios here), as does up to date knowledge on the best social media platforms to display your work. But read on to find out the personality traits you can deploy to help to achieve success.

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.