...but I'm still glad I learned. Sometimes we do things in the hopes of becoming the Next Big Thing...we chase fame because we think we deserve it, even though we're not anywhere close to as good as we'd like to think we are. But somehow along the way, despite ourselves, we earn real, true fans. I look at what so many artists are doing nowadays, artists who are so far beyond what I can do, and I ask myself, what makes me think I'm so special? The answer isn't in what I can do, but in the appreciation of the fans of what it is that I do. So what I learned too late is this: don't try to appeal to everyone, but rather, appeal to those that you don't have to try to appeal to at all. I don't consider myself a great artist, but I do enjoy bringing other peoples' ideas to life as well as my own, and without that motivation I don't know where I'd be.
To all my real, true fans, I thank you.