I was perusing the internet the other day when I came across the following quote:
“SHIT ART IS BETTER THAN NO ART.”
What a magnificent thought!
If you’re a creative, there are two pillars to your existence that you can never forget. You will die inside if you disregard them. Truthfully.
1. ART IS SUBJECTIVE
2. YOU ARE YOUR HARSHEST CRITIC
When you accept these two thoughts, it is no wonder that so often we are irrationally critical of our own creativity. In fact, it makes sense that so often we make something and say…
“THIS IS SHIT!”
…and then every so often, in those rare cases we ignore our self doubt and share our work anyway, someone else ends up thinking…
this shit is absolutely brilliant!
Alas, it takes at least two to see this tango play out!
The more people you share your creative output with, the closer you’ll get to hitting a point where you allow yourself positive feedback. Or money. Or a career. The only difference between being an amateur and a professional comes of getting paid for your work, regardless of how good it is.
I’m ready for your doubts, hunny.
Sound something like this?
Some of my most talented friends will tirelessly explain why they’ve withheld their work from the public eye for weeks, months, or even years. I always get annoyed, out of love, as I wish they’d just let the product speak for itself.
“I don’t want to YET” and “I can’t NOW” and “I’m ALMOST ready” are meaningless excuses that will kill your productivity and potential. Stunting your creative output only leads to one thing. The work is forgotten. The song is never heard. That art… well, it never became art.
Nina Kraviz has voiced a very interesting perspective on creativity that reminds me of that tree falling in the woods when nobody is around. She proposes that any given piece of music only exists in the moment when someone is listening to it. If nobody is listening to a specific track in the present moment, or looking at your art, or reading your writing… those works cease to exist. Sure, they may be taking up space on your hard drive or closet but they are NOT serving a purpose.
So, should you release/publish your creative work?
At this point, you already know the answer that will open so many doors….
Fuck yes. DO IT! Spam the feed! Give the people a break from selfies. Dance to your own tune. Submit! Publish! Who cares? RELEASE! That’s the whole reason we do this, is it not?
There is no release if you don’t release.