Confessions of an Artist Pt 2

(Originally published in 2012)

Artists: We are misunderstood creatures that are led by our emotions, dreams, and will to succeed in doing what we feel we were placed on this earth to do.

 My head is being flooded right now with confessions, but some are not ready to be exposed, so I will give you what's at the end of my fingertips. We, as artists, are sensitive to our gifts and want and need them to be respected, yet we don't always appreciate the talents of others. That being said, I am calling a lot of us selfish creatures. We tend to think higher and more polished of our gifts than others, but that is not always so. This is called immature artistry, which has nothing to do with age. Mature artistry understands and recognizes that others are gifted differently and welcome those differences either to learn something from them or just enjoy the different gifting God has given others. We shouldn't feel intimidated if another's acting chops are more defined, one's vocal range is wider, that the imagination of another writer supersedes ours or the dancer beside us can do a triple pirouette and we can only do a double. Those things should NOT upset or offend but instead motivate us to want to practice a couple of hours more, sacrifice that shopping spree and get more private sessions with our teacher, trainer, or coach. Put in the work and then your self-worth will become more valuable that you can imagine.

Why are we such slaves to our emotions? Why do we fall in and out of love so quickly and then realize when we see the person again that we never really fell out? Why can't we just be happy with the ones that pursue us? Why do we work so hard to please the one that doesn't want us in return? Why, God, why? Don't get me wrong; these emotions make us deliver lines better than Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, and Sydney Poitier put together. They have us singing notes with emotions that would make Whitney Houston, Donny Hathaway, and Sam Cooke stand up to applaud with tears in their eyes. What we really want is to be "got," someone that gets us when we don't get ourselves and most of the time, we don’t get what and why we’re doing something. It comes along with the territory. I wish I could explain it better, but I can’t. Yes, I wish the ones I poured my heart out to reciprocated it so we could live life together being the next “IT” couple in Hollywood but of course that only really happens in the movies…and hell that isn’t happening in the movies anymore. But that’s a blog for another time. We have all this love to give and no one (and by no one, I mean the one we want) to give it to.

We as artists throw ourselves into our work! Good or bad thing? Good when it's for a role, performance, gig, audition, rehearsal or job. Bad when we're trying to avoid life and rejection. Sadly, the ladder part is the more popular reason. No one likes to be hurt, turned down or pushed away but this Industry is FULL of that and the response is "get thicker skin." My skin is starting to feel like that of an elephant but that will not deter me from doing what I know I was put on this earth to do.  When all else fails…laugh harder, smile wider, love deeper and keep Jesus closer!

Artists: We are misunderstood creatures that are led by our emotions, dreams, and will to succeed in doing what we feel we were placed on this earth to do.


Justin Key