“If you have haters, you’re doing something right.”
This is something I often hear from other creators. It’s like when Banksy apparently said, “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”
If you’re making something great (which often takes risks), some people will inevitably find something they don’t like about it.
But the success of what you create is based on your own validation of it, not on the number of views, streams, or purchases it gets.
This, I think, is how to be happy with your art. Be happy with it because you made it and are proud of it, not because other people praise you for it.
Do you validate your art or do you let others validate it for you?
This blog has haters. I’ve seen them. And I’m sure my music will one day have haters that are bold enough to confront me.
When I step back and think about it, I know it’s good that I have haters. That means I’m creating something good. It means it’s getting in front of a lot of people.
But on the other hand, you might wonder (like me) what to do with your haters. How do you respond them? Should you even respond? Should you block and ban them?
I usually ignore them entirely, or just kill ’em with kindness. Thank them for reading. Thank them for listening. Thank them for the input.
Either way, here’s what I’m learning: if you’re proud of what you’ve made, nothing else matters.
If you decide to be happy with what you have made, you’ll be a happy artist.
Listeners can say they hate my album. I don’t care.
Readers can say they think this blog is hogwash. I don’t care.
People can totally dislike the things I create. I honestly don’t care.
I’ve made it. Therefore, I’m proud of it. If someone doesn’t like it, they can move on to the next song or blog.
And if you and I keep this in mind, we can easily say, “Haters, back off.”