Every now and then, I like to give my thoughts to aspiring young artists, for what it’s worth.
I think that when we see successful artists today, we often think that they have always been that successful, beautiful, and talented. And I’m sure there are a small handful of artists out there who have had a road paved in gold to reach the succeses they are at now. However, I think it’s rather more safe and realistic to say that the majority of successful artists have had to work very very hard, and have exprienced many bumps and bruises along the way. Even the great masters of old like Mozart and Beethoven – they all experienced many set backs and hard times before reaching a point of success (even sometimes not until after their death).
I have definitely had many of these experiences of my own. Heck, I auditioned for a music scholarship at my college prior to attending, and was rejected. But after a few following years of intense study and practice, I improved and ended up one of the top 3 pianists in the entire school. Sure I was selected to perform a piano concerto with an entire symphony orchestra, but before winning that priviledge, I had also experienced disappointed from losing concerto concerto competitions in years past.
I really don’t think there is a way to avoid some of the negative experiences that we go through in life. Most often, we experience them so that we can improve, learn, and become better people. The key is to be able to know what you can use from these situations to empower yourself, and what to throw away and not let get to you.
Anyway, I’ve just been thinking about this a lot this week. Know who you are as an artist and be confident in that. Work hard. Accept the bad with the good, and continue. “To thing own self be true…and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” – Shakespeare.
Just think about that one for a while.