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Friday, December 14, 2012

Comfort for the Avant-garde


Many artists--writers, photographers, musicians, painters, etc.--have a style or work that, for the longest time, never succeeds. This can be for a variety of reasons, but one of them is that, simply, most people will not take a risk on an unknown. However genius or profound a piece might be, it will rarely see the light of day with a new artist. This may not be fair, but it is a comfort.

Two examples of such artists are John Lennon and George Harrison who never would have been as successful with their later work such as “My Sweet Lord,” “Imagine,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” or the band The Traveling Willburys had they not first been one of The Beetles. For them and many other artists, the power of fame brings the reward of greater artistic flexibility.

So how is all this a comfort to young or emerging artists? The next time your work is rejected for the umpteenth time, do not let it destroy you. Rather, hold fast to the hope that, one day, after you have paid your dues and achieved fame, that piece may be lapped up with avarice. Just because a piece is rejected now does not mean it is rejected for all eternity.

Until then, put the work away, try something else, and make persistence your motto.

Who else can you think of that used their fame to boost later, more avant-garde work?

1 comment:

  1. Interesting topic, Laura.The first thing that comes to mind for me is Mel Gibson's Apocalypto. I also know many actors venture into directing with success, but only after first achieving success as an actor.

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