Figuring out how to talk with people, and making friends begins in childhood. When you’re a little kid you’re looking for friends. It might feel like you don’t have enough friends, or maybe you don’t have any friends. And you start to wonder about it. Why do some people have a lot of friends, and some don’t have any? Without knowing it, the people who have a lot of friends have stumbled upon the fact that if you start being interested in other people and start sharing with them, you’ll make people feel better. I’m talking about being sincere, looking them in the eyes, and listening to their stories. Someone is listening to them, showing an interest, commenting on the positive things they have going for them. Everyone wants to hear, “Hey, that’s a pretty good thing you can do.” Especially when you’re young and it’s true. All of this has to come from a sincere place; it can’t be faked. When you get to a place where you’re sincere with people, you become naturally motivational. You become a magnet for like-minded kind people. It’s all about giving back and helping people in a way where you don’t expect anything in return. One of the best things to do is help someone who isn’t in a position of helping you. And all this applies to making and selling art. When you approach a gallery, talk about what you can do for them, not the other way around. You want to offer something, and it will lead to them having the right, proper motivation to help. When you want to help a gallery owner or collector, with sincerity, you’ll get tenfold back. I see this as a universal law that can’t go wrong.