Very true, and a well-written article about being an artist by David Ackert:
”Musicians, artists, theatre people are among the strongest and bravest people on the face of the earth. In one year they face daily rejection by people more than what others live in an entire life.
Every day they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should find a real job, and their own fear of no longer working in the future.
Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they dedicated their lives to is an impossible dream. With every note, opera or performance expose themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and arbitrary judgments.
Every year that passes, many of them look at how their peers achieve the goals of a normal life – the car, the family, the house, the savings. Why?
Because artists are willing to give their entire life to one moment, to that tune, to that sentence, to that agreement or to that interpretation that will touch the soul of the public.
Artists are people who tasted the juice of life at that crystalline moment where they let their creative spirit out and touched someone else’s heart. At that moment they were closer to magic, God and perfection than anyone else could have. And in their hearts, they know that devote to that moment is worth more than a thousand whole lives.”
But how does that ‘one moment’ come? How to find it? How to recognise it when it’s arrived? Waiting for it is not my way to go. If I only wait, it will never come, that ‘one moment’. I just sit down and start my work, then inspiration will knock on the door automatically at some point. The pragmatic creative’s approach. At least, it works for me. :-)