Attention all artists. Recall if you will the first time you picked up a pen, a brush, or an instrument. Remember the first notes you produced, the first picture you painted, the first time your body rejoiced in movement. What was on your mind? Was it creation, freedom, necessity, love, joy, passion? Or was it acknowledgement, recognition, validation, approval, reward, money? There is nothing natural about fame save the human tendency to glorify the lifestyles of those we don’t know and use it as a measure to determine our own worth and validity. Today - when you ask for the public’s attention - do you do it because you wholeheartedly believe in what you have to offer them or does it stem from a false sense of entitlement that you as an artist should be acknowledged and celebrated regardless? We have been offered the rare gift of creating beauty, joy, community, and transcendence from nothing but our imagination. It is - in a very literal sense - the closest thing to magic and divinity. And none of it is about taking. All of it is about giving. All of it is about sharing. Adding value to the world. Expressing your truth. That should be the only thing on our mind.
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