“Everyone should be creative. Whatever your art is, it should invigorate you and bring you joy. And if it happens to be your business, it should bring you the money you need to keep being creative.”
Traveling as a guest speaker he is spreading his knowledge of success in “The Business of Being Creative”. It was great to hear him speak as he had some wonderful and valid points that anyone in business who is seen as having a talent or an art that they create and sell really needs to remember. It is quite easy for those looking in from the outside to see what artistic individuals do and forget the value in producing unique work. He told a short story that had been told to him before that really hit home and is really something that everyone should remember:
A man walked up to Picasso on a beach one day and asked Picasso if he could sketch a picture of him, so Picasso said sure and after two minutes he handed the sketch back to the man and the man said to Picasso, “How much?”, Picasso thought for minute and replied, “$15.000.00” and the man responded by saying, “But it only took you two minutes.” Picasso replied, “You’re wrong it took me 50 years.”
That in itself was priceless as what we all do as artists is about way more than providing the product but what went into getting there to that point of perfection and flawlessness which makes it so valuable. Don’t ever discount what your talent is worth, because those who can appreciate it will never question it. And those that can’t appreciate it unfortunately just won’t ever get it, so you move on and enjoy and cherish those who do.