Voices of the North

Young Nordic talents and experts share their tips and advice on how to start your arts career

Ørjan Marakatt Bertelsen is a Seasami photographer/ filmmaker based in Gàivuona Kåfjord, Sápmi, Norway by Talent NorwayHarrisonParrott Foundation

Challenges for young artists

Here are some tips to stay motivated as a young artist:
1. Work towards a goal or event
2. Use difficult situations to your advantage to inspire creativity 
3. Stay true to your values. Why do you do what you do?
4. Look to society for support - sponsors, funding, a cause

Arlésiennes (Mistral) (1888) by Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903)The Art Institute of Chicago

Implementing a holistic approach to your art

Sports stars have long incorporated healthy eating, sleep, friends and family, and mental health as core components in their training programme. Perhaps it is time for artists to do the same?

The Watzmann (around 1824/25) by Caspar David FriedrichAlte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Finding your team

Unlike sports, where you have a coach or a team who can support and motivate you, many artists work alone. Try and create a daily structure, lean on artist communities, find a mentor, meet up with like minded people online so that you can share ideas, and concerns.

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What is the difference between artists & high level artists?

High level artists are process driven and very focused on achieving their goals and vision. To elevate your artistry, try focussing on your skills or tasks that you are struggling with, and focus more and reflect on your development, rather than competitions or concerts.

Martin Wuttke and Birgit Minichmayr in the play "John Gabriel Borkman" (2015) by Author: Henrik Ibsen Direction: Simon StoneBurgtheater

How to find your values

Think about what kind of artist you want to be or what do you want your life to be about? Reflect on what is important for you and how you want to be perceived as an artist. Your values will help to define your goals and act as your compass as things in life change.

The Culture Bar: Voices of the North mini podcast series artwork by HarrisonParrottHarrisonParrott Foundation

Voices of the North Peak Performance Art in Context
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Voices of the North - Peak Performance: Art in Context

This podcast clip talks more about how stress and fear can impact one's ability to perform.

Profile photo of Elle Sofe Sara in her Sami clothing from Norway by Talent NorwayHarrisonParrott Foundation

Film maker Elle Sofe Sara

Elle Sofe Sara is a Sami film maker and choreographer based in Norway. In her art she sheds light on social and political challenges for Sami people. Elle Sofe is also a reindeer herder, and focusses on art projects which give her joy.

Sami, il popolo che sussurrava alle renne (2011) by Erika LarsenPalazzo Madama

Sami influence in art

According to Elle Sofe, where you come from naturally appears in your work. Sami perspective and culture appear in her films not as a conscious effort, but organically and visibly. She always starts with what is important for her to share and what story to tell.

Glaciers melting in Svalbard, Norway by Cotton Coulson/Keenpress/www.populationspeakout.orgMuseu do Amanhã

Be inspired by what is around you

Elle Sofe: It's difficult to set the boundaries for how art is influenced. But it is important to see the world and to be inspired, to see your home culture in a different way, and new themes you want to investigate. 

Starry Night (1893) by Edvard MunchThe J. Paul Getty Museum

How to find your Nordic Voice

Elle Sofe's tips:Trust your own ideas
Believe in yourself
Communicate the world as you see it
Be patient

The Culture Bar: Voices of the North mini podcast series In Conversation Part 1 artwork by HarrisonParrottHarrisonParrott Foundation

Voices of the North InConversation with Nordic Talents Part 1
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Voices of the North - In Conversation with Nordic Talents P1

Listen to Elle Sofe Sara talk more about her artistic inspirations from her Sami culture.

Talent Norway musicians Lise Reppe, RebMoe and Niki Bottoni by Talent NorwayHarrisonParrott Foundation

Should you get a mentor?

A mentor will:
1. Push you out of your comfort zone 
2. Be honest with you
3. Give you advice on how to work in the industry, and who to connect with 
4. Encourage you to try things you wouldn't normally think of doing

The Culture Bar: Voices of the North mini podcast series In Conversation Part 2 artwork by HarrisonParrottHarrisonParrott Foundation

Voices of the North In Conversation with Nordic Talents Part 2
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Voices of the North - In Conversation with Nordic Talents P2

Listen to Benjamin Mørk, a mechanical pianist, discuss growing up in the North and becoming a pianist.

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