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mk  ·  145 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Helen Dale: My Unpopular Opinion: There Are Too Many Mediocre Artists

    The issue is that there are definitely also too many extremely talented artists out there, as well as musicians, writers, actors, etc.

I agree with what you are saying, but might restate this as "there are definitely also too many extremely technically talented artists out there..."

It might also be an unfortunate idea that technical talent is a threshold which is achieved close to artistic success. IMO it should be a necessary component, but even as difficult as extreme technical talent is to achieve, it is one that shouldn't be overrated. Like elite athletes, extreme technical talent is the baseline, but success requires yet even more.

Odder  ·  145 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah, often the most technically talented people aren't the most famous, because they technical talent usually isn't very entertaining. It can make you famous among other people with technical talent, though.

Ultimately it matters why you're doing what you're doing. If you look at art or music as a hobby, and you're primarily interested in improving yourself and impressing other people who care about your hobby as much as you do, you'll probably have a pretty good time. On the other hand, if you treat any performing art as a calling and a passion and a career, you'll probably alienate everyone else who likes that thing and starve because nobody outside your hobby really cares or wants to spend money supporting you, even if you are somewhat talented.