And so, you must learn to accept getting paid in the pride from having lived up to your expectations for yourself. You must accept with gratitude and celebration the psychological salary of honor and satisfaction and integrity. It’s not a currency you can pay the mortgage with, but it is a renewable form of meaning that can fuel you to keep production going.
And who knows? Perhaps after a period of years, your work will finally be met with financial remuneration and public recognition.
On the other hand, you could kill yourself and get nowhere. You could work for a decade still and never see a dime or get a standing ovation.
The point is, there are no guarantees in art, except for the satisfaction you experience in the process of creating it. But if you don’t get to a point where that’s enough for you, you’ll be in for a world of pain and disappointment and disillusionment.
So be selfish. Create for yourself. Because you can’t guarantee that anyone else will give a shit.
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