Whatever your work, the best art is divisive. If you’re interested in doing remarkable things, you need to come to terms with the fact that you won’t be for everyone.

Honest work can even offend. Poking sacred cows in the eye and ruffling feathers can be a by-product of honesty. You might not even be aware you’re doing it, but you’re doing it. Sometimes you do know, and if there’s a measure of glee in your knowing, that’s okay, too.

Art that’s aimed at everyone is art that’s for no one. You should prioritize the creation of stuff that stands on its own and speaks for itself, no matter where the chips fall. And when you fall out of fickle fashion, or the well has run dry where you’re tenting, snap out of denial as quickly as you can and move on. Shake the dust off your feet. There are springs inside you. There are greener pastures to be had, just over the rise.

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