Never Play to the Gallery

 In Motivation for Writers

Never play to the gallery. I think you never learn that until much later on, I think, but never work for other people in what you do, but always remember that the reason you initially started working was that there was something inside yourself that you felt if you could manifest it in some way you would understand more about yourself, and how you coexist with the rest of society. I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people’s expectations, they generally produce their worst work when they do that.

And the other thing I would say is that if you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you are capable of being, go a little bit out of your depth, and when you don’t feel your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.

-David Bowie

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