The world and you, are much more than your social media. Don’t look at follower counts too much, that number does not necessarily indicate quality art. There are plenty of amazing artists with so few followers that it makes me feel guilty.
Once the thrill and ego boost of being recognised is over, you’ll become jaded to compliments and indifferent towards your follower count.
Aim for something bigger. Try to spark something in your follower.
Art at its core is just expression, but if you want to have an agenda or mission - try to leave at least one person in a better state than they were. Even if it’s just one person, that’s the beginning of a long thread that could weave into the tapestry of a better world.
But don’t try to appease masses. The world needs to be shaken up and challenged much more than it needs to be appeased. I’m struggling with this lately. At least with this particular medium.
Whatever your medium is, with enough practice, it’s very easy to create art that you know people will like. But to make something that will push someone to think, question themselves and the world, and aspire to evolve - very few have done this well.
In my opinion, a great artist balances true self expression with contributing to a greater purpose. Not being too self absorbed as to forget the greater purpose but not being too immersed in the greater purpose as to compromise their true self. The greatest artists achieve this effortlessly. (Artists, along with scientists, should be the forerunners of human progress. Not politicians.) Make that your goal. Don’t give up and the followers/accolade will come. We need you, artist.
Ps. I think the above can be applied to everyone, artist or not. Identify your true self, be your true self, express your true self.
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