How I respond to the world is mine alone

The surreal part about creating art and sharing it with the world is, people have a relationship with your work that has nothing to do with you. 

Once your love spills out and they call it art, it now exists in the mind of the audience. It’s all projection. A colorful mirror that reflects back to them exactly what they expect. 

People see what they need to see, regardless of what you had in mind at the moment of creation. 

And so, this character on the page, the stage, the canvas and the screen, it isn’t really you. 

But don’t worry. That’s actually a good thing. It keeps you from taking people’s criticism personally. When some anonymous schmuck leaves a seething one star review for your new children’s book, it’s not because your story was poorly written. It’s because that guy is angry at that little part of himself that he hasn’t made peace with. 

Part of being an artist is accepting that how people respond to the world is theirs alone. You can’t take that away from them. 

And so, just let people feel that way. Let them be in love with their opinions. Give your audience the space to become immersed in their unique vision of the world, as seen through the prism of your work. 


Are you denying people the freedom to make up their own minds?

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Scott Ginsberg

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