All you're ultimately left with is the path you've chosen, and the story you tell about it.
We canít choose whether it will bring us fame, or wealth, or self-worth. Only time and history can do that. But we can choose what role it will play in our life.
When things change, and the old ways aren't working, moaning and complaining about it doesnít help. It wonít change anything. The only thing you can change isÖwell, YOU. You can change your outlook, your goals, your process, your path. [...]
Remember: The work that refreshes your spirit, restores you to yourself so you can do other, perhaps higher-paying work, is just as important as making a living with art. There is no right or wrong way to balance art, income, and lifeóonly what works for you.
But in the end, itís what works best for YOU. Itís what you have time for, and what you are willing to make time for. Itís what platforms have proved successful for YOU. Itís what works for you, and whatís not working for you.
It took you some time to learn your craft. You didnít give up when it got hard, did you? You persevered, because it mattered to you. Donít give up on your audience, either! Give them time, give them lots of opportunities to see you and your work, a chance to know your heart. You wonít be disappointed. [...]
Iím thinking as artists, we carry our possessions, our wealth, inside us. We carry the eye that sees what so many donítóthe unexpected beauty thatís often overlooked. We carry the skill to capture it, and share it with the world. [...]