First of all, let’s understand that you’re an artist.
You don’t have to paint, sing, write, or dance to be an artist.
It’s fine to be brave enough to go the extra mile, be vulnerable, be yourself, and honestly seek to provide value when somebody else is watching.
You can be a Starbucks barista and be an artist. The approach matters more. It’s about the how not the what.
With that out of the way, let me just say that real artists never envy other artists. They can be competitive – and that’s a good thing. But they’re never jealous of others’ creative success.
Real artists support each other. Have respect for each other. They consume each other’s content.
If you can’t stand somebody else’s content, you’re still too insecure. How you treat others is how you treat yourself.
It’s good to shut off the noise when you’re just starting out and seeking your voice. But once you’ve found it, you need to get back out there and start engaging with everybody else.
Otherwise, you’re ridding yourself of the chance to connect with other creatives, share ideas, learn from each other, contribute to the creative world at large.
True artists steal.
But they also give everything away.
Because they know there’s always enough for everybody.