Many people have passions. The passions may have a multitude of focal points, but the goals are always fame, money, and power. A part of the creative artist also wants materialistic rewards; however, she finds herself unable to position herself for them. She cannot be at peace doing commercial work or by repeating past efforts as a sop to critics and the buying public. Repetition is artistic death. No matter how economically and socially comfortable success can be, creative energy is lost in the seduction, and the artist can become impotent if she cannot deny the circumstance and retreat into the truth of her own reality.
The creative artist hopes for recognition, but he must deny it emotionally if he is to grow and fulfill his potential.
The creative artist believes in her own work although she is unrecognized or severely criticized. Her worst fear is that her talent and craftsmanship are not equal to her passion. What if nature has given her the drive but not the talent to create something of value? What if her environment, and her own weaknesses, allow her only to produce mediocrity? Many, many are given the will to art so that the few might achieve. Countless sperm struggle toward a goal so that one might succeed and procreate. That is nature’s way. All artists must face this reality and conquer self-doubt every day of their creative life.
The creative artist believes in his product although self-doubt can torment him and keep him off balance and depressed much of his life.
It is the emotional dichotomy of unavoidable passion for creative work and self-doubt exacerbated by an unsupportive marketplace that makes artists seem eccentric, strange, or even ill.
Many occupations are means to an end. But the creative product is the end for the artist. Financial security is the means, not the end to the creative personality. The value and fame that the society places on the work is a consequence of the work and not the goal of the work. History demonstrates that much of artistic value was created by people who died in poverty and struggled during their lifetime for the opportunity to be creative.