This week's Sunday Superthought is a little more uplifting than the previous: Every artist was first an amateur. There are two important thoughts about this quote:
1) Don't be discouraged when in the presence of great art: every artist was once an amateur. I remember when I was little, I took piano lessons. As a matter of fact, I was the only person in my family who ever took piano lessons, and the fact that I could do something at such a young age that nobody else (including my parents) could. I loved thinking that I was special in some way.
Then, one day a friend of my older brother came over and sat down at my piano (yeah. MY piano.) and played the crap out of it. I remember acting like nothing was wrong as a turned and walked to my room where I laid in my bed and cried, completely crushed and totally discouraged. It's hard to see how to get from Point A to Point B when you're surrounded by people at Point B. My advice (and Emerson's... and Wilson Philips') is to hold on. Keep going, keep pushing, keep growing... don't give up.
2) On the other hand, this should also be a reminder for artists who have "made it." There seems to be a tendency with artists to have a very short memory, forgetting how difficult it was to get where they are. I hope I never forget my first wedding, back in 1998, because I had by no means "made it" and my art was nothing close to what it is now. Photographers: stop thinking that your S#@t doesn't stink. Please... remember where you came from, and more importantly... be available to help other photographers who are at Point A get to Point B.
Talk to you soon,
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