This has been on my mind for some time and if I don't get it out I'm going to pop. These are four things I wish someone had told me when I was a young artist.
1) Never let anyone tell you making art is useless and a waste of your time. It breaks my heart to see someone with promise fall into a trap like this. Listening to such talk will either break you down and turn you into just another empty cookie cutter jerk off, or hopefully it will teach you to soldier doggedly on and say 'Bugger off' to anybody who won't understand what your art is to you. I much prefer the latter. YOU make art because YOU feel compelled to and it makes YOU happy.
2) Follow your bliss. I use the term ART loosely. Art can be anything, as I am sure most of you know. Your doodles, your writing, painting, a garden, how you treat others, a turn of phrase, your clothes, the list is endless. Do what you love.
3) Never believe your own press. Don't even be tempted. I don't care if you're the reincarnation of Michelangelo and Wm. Shakespeare combined and you know it, have a little modesty. It's a million times more charming than a fat obnoxious ego. When you smear everyone's face in just how fantastic you are it really only makes you look like an @$$hole.
4) Practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice....
Listening to: Violin Concerto #1 in E minor op. 64 - Mendelssohn
Reading: The Private Life of John H. Watson
Watching: Sherlock Holmes and A Case of Evil