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David Bowie Advises the Artist

“I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.”-David Bowie.

May 19, 2021: Far and above one of my favorite artists in both music and other expressions, David Bowie always had a creative wisdom, tapping into inspiration and the universal space. I recently came across some some heartfelt advice to artists that I wanted to share.

  1. Create for yourself. “Never play to the gallery … [N]ever work for other people in what you do. Always remember that the reason that you initially started working was that there was something inside yourself that you felt that if you could manifest it in some way you would understand more about yourself and how you co-exist with the rest of society.”
  2. Don’t give people what you think they want. “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.”
  3. Push beyond your comfort level as an artist. “If you feel safe in the area that you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”

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