I’m in a ruminating mood, which might explain my odd question.
I’ve been known to describe myself as a failed artist, because I’m of a vaguely creative bent and have at various times aspired to various artistic or musical endeavours which have come to nothing.
Whenever anyone asks a successful creative person for advice, the cliché often trotted out is ‘never give up’. Because, they say, ‘I never gave up. If I had given up I would never have succeeded. So if you never give up, you’ll succeed one day. Just like me.’
Logic says that’s a flawed argument. Why not ask the failed artists rather than the successful ones? ‘You’ve spent your life trying to be a pop star and never succeeded but never given up. Have you wasted your life? Discuss.’
So how do you know when to give up? Any fellow failed artists who gave up and are happy they did? Or any that learned to live with creative pursuits without success or reward?