How can you tell if you are at the very lowest, most unsuccessful point, in your artistic career, or about to be elevated and exalted to the status of a God?
As bad as you think your career is going now, it can always get worse.
On the other hand…
Just when you think it’s time to give up and pack it in, you might suddenly be discovered, embraced, ennobled and become the next big thing.
You just can’t tell.
Nobody can tell.
Ignore all of that, if you can. Just make the best art you are capable of making, while you can.
As artists, we sometimes believe that, through our art, we shape other people. In fact, other people often shape us, as artists, through their reaction to our work.
Our work often isn’t as much about persuading people to think other ideas, or see in other ways, as it is about being associated with individual human activities. If our art is given any significance, it is because people link the work to some important event or moment in their life.
People dignify our art with their emotional connections to it.
If you can’t make art now, plan the art you will make in future. Better yet, make it possible to make some sort of art, somehow, now. Art has redemptive power.
It doesn’t matter if you’re at your personal nadir or approaching your apotheosis. You have little control over that. All you can do is make good art.
Making none just confirms it’s your nadir.