Have you ever wondered if your voice has value? Have you ever worried that you will never be successful with your music or speaking career? Check your pulse, you're human. Most people who choose to work in any of the arts struggle with questions of validation. Encouragement, acknowledgement, attention, applause, approval - these are like sunlight to the vulnerable, creative spirit offering up what it just made for the sometimes cruel and/or ignorant contemporary opinion. We can control what we choose to create, but not how our creation will be received or perceived.
It occurred to me to see it a completely different way. What if, bravely listening to our own muse...
- We CREATE something that we intuitively KNOW is good - a vocal, a song, a speech, a performance.
- What if we SHARE our work with a small circle of accountability that could give us feedback to make it the best it can be in final form...
- but we DON'T rely on popular opinion or current market forces to rate our work or determine the final form we settle on.
- What if we are willing to ACCEPT that we may never in our lifetime know the full value of this work.
- What if we TRUST that if we create something good the best we can, IT IS VALUABLE?
Oh, and yes... my young artist now makes a good living in music, an acclaimed success as performer and teacher.
Update: Here's a site to explore more of the art of Vincent Van Gogh