In any art form, a healthy ecosystem involves a class of artists making avant-garde work that pushes boundaries at the expense of not being very commercially viable, as well as a class of artists who learn from the experimental and find a way to make it digestible to as large an audience as possible. The smaller the audience, the closer art is to masturbation.
0. Popularity & Success on your own terms (quote)
2. “I’m always going to keep putting stuff out in the world. I’m not going to (be anonymous).” Our most popular work often is not the work we wanted to be popular. This is because "most people don’t care about the things you care about."