The Most Important Advice I give Myself As an Artist
The best advice I give myself as an artist has nothing to do with artistic technique, although I am sure that would serve me well. The advice I give myself that makes the most signficant difference is simply this- focus on my own life.
It’s too easy to become distracted and immersed in the drama and lives of others. Focusing on your own life does not mean that you are anti-social. We can still socialize, be fun, connect with others, but you do not allow yourself to be “sucked in”, in regards to problems that are not yours. Instead, by focusing on your own life, you are able to be present enough to create.
At the end of my life, there are two tallies that I never want to be confronted with: One- the amount of money I have spent on Diet Coke throughout my lifetime. Two- the amount of time, during my life, I have spent discussing, worrying, dissecting the issues of others.
I could spend HOURS on issues that I have very little control over, and I am sure you are the same.
Creation requires energy, focus, and attention. Seldom does life demand such “in the moment” presence as does the creation of art. When our focus is pulled by others, in a less than healthy way, our creative energy and focus sags.
So, I encourage myself to be a compassionate, aware person but I don’t take it all on. I allow myself the freedom to observe life, use life’s moments, and simply create.
We only have so much energy to use each day. Make the creation of art a higher priority than the drama of others.