Truth of an Artist
Any artist of average, or a high level of unrefined talent (potential) can produce a “single” piece of phenomenal work. In this day and age of instant gratification that single piece of work may be enough for people to proclaim your arrival as a great artist, maybe even one of the greatest; albeit prematurely.
The problem; the artist begins to focus their energy solely on creating another single instance of a phenomenal work instead of working on all the little things that will allow them to become masters of their craft. More than likely, they will become lost as an artist as they try to satisfy the thirst of the people. Undoubtedly, they will struggle as they work tirelessly on trying to create another piece that lives up to the lofty expectations of the fans. In most cases, they will fail to ever produce another work of art that satisfies the unrealistic expectations they, an artist of average capability or one with a high level of unrefined talent have been saddled with.
Some artist, will continue putting out several works of “below average” or “average” quality. With the help of slick marketing the artist may even convince the people that they are indeed the artist everyone thinks they are.
Unfortunately for them, the shine and gloss will eventually fail to mask their deficiencies as artist. The support of the people will wane until their fan base is almost non-existent beyond a cult type following. All that will be left are the stories of the artist who was a flash in the pan and the questions of where are they now.
In the best case scenario, the artist through their average talent and slick marketing would have generated a sufficient amount of money to live comfortably, maybe even extravagantly. In the end however, the artist will forever be haunted by questions of who they could have been had they pursued their “truth” instead of the adulation of their fans.