One of the biggest realizations I’m come to accept as an artist is that regardless of how long you’ve been at the game grinding away, showing up daily with every intention to give your work an even higher rise, is that you can’t compare why you’re not at the same stage every other creative within your social circle is at. Everyone has their turn or do they? That’s the question and a very good one which Nguyen Le addresses in a recent interview when asked about commercial success and the plethora of artist out there trying to make it:
Over the years I’ve realized that in art, or in any craft, you’ve got to be in it to win it. Even if you’re in it and working hard - that doesn’t guarantee success. It’s not one of those things where if you work hard at it, you’ll get it. The art world is very selective - there are very few slots in the game where they're going to allow you to come in. Having said that, as an artist, it’s important to create and paint a lot, the attitude is so important - you can’t be sitting around waiting and only producing work when you have something coming up. You have to be ready when opportunities present themselves.
So raw, so scary but so real.