I’m a big believer in selfish creation.
Making art for
yourself and nobody else.
Not the critics, not the masses, not the powers that be, not
the mainstream media, not the competition, not the gallery owners, not the
distributors and not the cool kids.
And in my experience, there are two ways to approach this
One path is to work from an achievement orientation, focusing on impressing and improving yourself.
For example, every time I write a song, I always try to
incorporate at least one lyric or chord or strumming pattern or vocal variation
that I’ve never tried before. It’s execution to the power of elevation, and it
always makes me feel proud because I topped myself, albeit on a small scale.
The other path to selfish creation is adventure oriented, focusing on delighting and surprising yourself.
For example, every time I write a book, I always try to
include one sentence or paragraph or footnote or obscure reference that nobody
will understand but me. It’s execution to the power of elation, and it always
makes me feel gitty because I charmed myself, albeit on a small scale.
Either way, it’s all for me.
Are you productively selfish?