Why to say yes to anyone wanting to “team up” for art
If you show art on the internet other artists will message you about teaming up for projects. A smart person will give the project their best consideration before agreeing to anything. A really smart person will excitedly say yes while barely paying attention to the message.
I’ve been asked to participate in books, comics, trade publications, galleries, and more. Some would have taken considerable chunks of time. Most had one thing in common though - they all fell through before I lifted a finger.
90% of random art or creative projects will be dropped by the initiator before anything happens.
Don’t waste your time asking questions, thinking about your schedule, wondering if you’d enjoy it, or considering the impact of projects that very likely won’t happen. Just say Yes! I’d love it! Even if it sounds terrible. That’s the trick. Remember, it probably won’t happen anyway.
If it does get real, and you think “Oh shit, I CAN’T draw a 600 page mole man comic for this twitter egg,” then back out. Say you miscalculated the workload. There would need to be a script to get to this point. Slim.
I once told a girl I could fly to Indonesia and show paintings at a gallery for a week. I knew I didn’t have the time, a passport, or even the paintings. This was in person too. Telling people at the get go the reasons you can’t do the things you’re trying to do doesn’t make much sense. If it came down to it I would have figured it out.
Saying yes does a few things. You seem positive and open instead of negative and closed off. You save time by not deliberating with yourself on projects that will never happen. Then, most importantly, it leaves you open for any project that does get real. That’s the right time to deliberate.
Real projects are more valuable than talk and ideas. Saying yes to all of them is like a natural selection vetting process. You’ll always be attached to the most valuable ones.