Everyone wants to be liked…
generally speaking that is. And of course, artists of all varieties are no different. Whether you are a writer or a singer, painter or photographer, whatever the case may be, it’s never easy when someone doesn’t like your work.
But one thing we all have to remember is that for the most part, criticism of our work as artists is not something to be taken personally. While there may be a few people out there who do attack artists on a personal level, my honest belief is that this is vary rare in the grand scheme of things.
As the old adage does, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Thus the appreciation or lackthereof for any kind of art is subjective.
So, in my humble opinion all artists should try to:
1. Avoid becoming defensive or overly sensitive about criticism
2. When possible, use it to your advantage
After all, it doesn’t benefit anyone when an artist turns away from his or her craft. Imagine the loss to the world had Shakespeare given up after his first negative review. But, when you use critical information to your advantage, it can provide another perspective and maybe even convince you to work harder at certain aspects of your craft.