Making uncompromising art is tough so we collected some artist tips from some of the greatest artists in our time. It’s hard not to follow trends and worry about marketing if you’ve been doing this for quite a while. It’s hard to make any kind of art especially when the world sees artists as simply lazy and delusional. But the best kind of art springs from abandoning all of these noise. It doesn’t mean that you’re aiming for the struggling artist route per se, but it’s knowing and recognizing what to prioritize first and always— your own voice, your own style despite everyone trying to tell you to follow a safe pattern.
Here are some inspiring quotes and tips from artists who prefer to create their own path no matter the consequences:
To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard.
If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.
He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to do with the fact that other people want what they want.
Be yourself. The world worships the original.
Don’t let the muggles get you down.
I can’t imagine anything worse than trying to impress…To be honest, I’m always impressing myself, not other people.
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
photos from the beautiful website called Nitch.
James Hill is a veteran of the music industry. He first worked at Warner Reprise Records then later joined Interscope/ Geffen Records where he managed producers and songwriters and got his first platinum record for Keyshia Cole’s The Way It Is. He is now helping indie artists with branding and manufacturing through his company Unified Manufacturing, a CD/DVD/vinyl and merch company in LA.