Got this message last time I tried to post some new art to my thread;
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So am I doing something wrong, or is this a subtle way of telling me no one gives a shit why are you still here?
I put a lot of effort in to my work, but I don’t really get anywhere with it. I get very little in the way of replies, but even the small act of someone hitting the like button can make the difference between feeling motivated and feeling like I’m wasting my time. I look at Twitter and feel like I’m completely capable of talking to myself without it so why do I bother. I look at Instagram and I’m lucky to get 6 likes on something I spent weeks on while a more successful artist can take a pic. of the ink stain on his hand and get 500 likes in 10 minutes.
I had pretty good success in film. I made a pipe that Garry Oldman smoked from. I did life casts of Ben Affleck, Danny Trejo, Vin Diesel to name a few. I had stuff on Broadway, one of those projects even ended up on Curb Your Enthusiasm. I sculpted every character for Brad Peyton’s first project, the stop motion series What It’s Like Being Alone.
I quit film a few years ago, and I’ve been on disability for a few years. Ever since then I’ve been trying to break in to comics, and felt almost nothing but like I’m an amateur with no hope of success.
I’m feeling really frustrated lately and I’m sure it won’t help any to voice that frustration, but who knows, maybe it will. Maybe at the very least someone will read this and feel like they’re not the only one feeling this way. So to me, and to whoever feels the way I feel, keep going, focus on the positive, you only loose if you quit, money isn’t a measure of success, and neither is your number of followers or amount of likes. And don’t forget Van Gogh, he wasn’t a success in todays standards until he was dead. Actually, I’m not sure if Van Gogh helps, but it bears thinking about.
Thanks to anyone who did show interest in my work here, you truly did make me feel something beyond the feeling of uselessness and wasted effort.