How Not to Die in Obscurity (self-promotion and the sensitive artist).
Making art, says Singer-Songwriter Josh Ritter, is half of the artist’s job. The rest is hustling on its behalf – making sure the world hears it. (Exclusive, in-studio performance at the end of the article)
(Exclusive, in-studio performance at the end of the article)
Mea culpa, dear Reader: I may have misled you. This isn't really about fame, or even self-promotion. This one goes out to all the serious artists and innovators languishing in basements, creating for the love of it but fearful of the world's harsh glare. I see you in your monkish cells, locked in the quiet struggle to make something we all need but don't yet know how to articulate. And I ask you: what's it really about? You or the art?
What's the Big Idea?
I don’t believe most artists have thick skins at all. I think our job is to listen to whispers. That’s what makes a writer write. It’s picking up on whatever is going on around us and shaping that into a story that resembles reality and tells us a little bit about ourselves. So I think that when there are judgments placed on the work that we do that it will hurt, you know. But it’s not something that you can really let keep you back.
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