What Is An Indie Artist?

What is an Indie artist?Someone from China once asked me, “What is indie?”

She’s not the only one.

Surprisingly it seems many people are unfamiliar with the term.

I’ve been discussing this topic a lot lately. I spoke with Frank Dickinson about what it means to be an indie artist. And I also spoke with Melissa Dinwiddie about it as part of The Thriving Artists Project.

So what is indie?

In my view, indie is simply a do-it-yourself mentality.

Indie means you’re not waiting around for permission. Indie means you create your own opportunities. Indie means you set your sights on a goal—and then you make it happen with whatever resources you have at the moment.

Indie means you surround yourself with like-minded people who provide you the encouragement to keep going through the tough times.

What is an artist?

Many people think an artist is someone who paints, someone who sculpts or someone who writes a poem—I do not.

To me an artist is a practitioner.

An artist practices his/her craft. An artist seeks feedback from trusted sources in order to improve. An artist wants to grow. An artist needs to continually move forward. An artist is actively engaged in their craft. Whatever it may be.

An indie artist is a force to be reckoned with.

Something to never forget:

By accident I found this video. Watch it. Remember it.

What does indie artist mean to you?