Today's Deep Thought was inspired by a comment left by Lisa Call on last week's DTT.
As I have built ArtBizCoach.com into a profitable and growing business, I have noticed that it is harder and harder to find mentors or even other businesspeople I can grow with and learn with. I am certain it's much the same with artists.
"They" say that you are the average of all of the people you hang out with. If you're constantly doing the nurturing, you remain at the nurturee's level. I have found this to be true. There comes a time in one's career when you have to quit nurturing (quit joining organizations, quit saying Yes to no-pay workshops, etc.) and start taking care of yourself. As Lisa wrote in her comment:
Having the deep commitment to
really believe enough in one's self to become the best artist one can
(ie a great artist) requires a huge amount of self-love and
self-acceptance and mostly self-confidence. I think this can scare
those that aren't on a similar path. It can also lead to jealousies
that separate you from the larger pack of artists that don't share a
So, is it lonely at the top? For those of you who have attained a certain level of success, how hard is it for you to find like-minded artists for your continuing journey?