|Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
I think that's a stereotype creative types like to play up to and perpetuate. We are probably all insecure and moody though. If we produce stuff that people like it gives us self esteem.
Most of the artists, creators and makers I know are actually rather placid and sweet.
I suspect the idea of artists as volatile is a myth created to create a mystique for artists in our culture and set them apart now that our culture has largely forgotten that the process of creating sets us apart anyway.
That's not to say there are no volatile artists, I just haven't met many.
Because they see the world differently, three dimensionally. They stand up for their beliefs before anyone else even "HAS" a vision. They push the world into a direction, despite how others react initially. In believing in themselves, with the help of a few others, they instigate reactionary cause in order to bring attention to an new emerging culture.
We are stuck inside our own heads with far too many strange ideas for far too many hours a day.
I figure it a couple of ways:
Some of us are actually talented by genetics or other given abilities.
Some of us are perhaps affected by conditions.
I don't know. Some of of us are perhaps affected by other things altogether....
The answer to the question:
Most artists don't really have volatile personalities. The public is numbed down by what they choose to believe as reality in the media. Whether that be the news or any thing else. In art or branding, perception is reality.
Think about that.
So what's your brand, baby?
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT??!!!
What the ^%*$!??? Not me! Ummmm, speaketh for ones selfest!
Because we are not like the rest of you lesser beings who can't see what we see... honestly.
Volatile! Did someone say that about me? Who, blast you! *begins crying and throws drawings into the fireplace*
I think artists and creators have as varied personalities as any group of people. I really don't recall meeting many who were volatile, and if they were, it's because they were just assholes; it wasn't an art thing.
But I'll play along and say that artists obviously have a very personal connection to the work they do. For many, the art is merely an extension of themselves, and attacking it or trying to marginalize it is an analogous offense.
1. We function on the edge of society.
2. The Mania & the Melancholy effect.
3. Good concepts and bizarre notions come form untethered minds.
That's a myth and a corny one at that. Just as many non-artists have these kind of personalities.
|I find this to be a slightly offensive perception that people (and even artists themselves) have of artists. There are certainly plenty of creative minds out there that, while wandering in some fantastical place in their mind for a good portion of the day, have fairly stable and down-to-Earth personalities, or as stable and down-to-Earth as any man. An artist need not be flighty, inconsistent, or easily thrown into a heat of rage. It's something I wholly dislike as a stereotype, especially when I see and meet other artists who embrace this idea.
However, at the risk of sounding hypocritical and contradictory, I do understand why artists have such personalities (even if I believe it is in their best interest to keep such eccentricities under control). Artists, as a whole, are a passionate group, and being so, create work that is personal to them. Artists are met with a considerable amount of apprehension at their work being seen, or even disappointment or euphoria when it is disliked or praised (respectively). What's more, the creative process can often be a frustrating thing, to say the least. Even with the clearest idea of what you wish to create, there is much that can go wrong (unpredictably) in the process. I suppose, given these facts, it is easy for one to be given to drastic mood changes. Creating art is an emotional act.
Yet, even acknowledging these things, I feel it is a poor decision to embrace these personality traits, if for no other reason than their effect upon the artist creatively and at the risk of their professionalism. It is more of an Eastern way of thought, and stemming from my interest in martial arts, but giving into passion and reacting (rather than 'acting') to situations is wholly undesirable and may cloud both your judgment and ability to perform. Being emotional, in general, is a sure way to lose focus, especially in the heat of the moment. Yet the martial arts too are artistic and martial artists equally as passionate about their art, and all without being volatile. I suppose this is the approach I try to take to my career, and would encourage others to do the same. It certainly has helped me, and I've been often complimented on my professionalism as a result. If you are going to have a career in any field, professionalism is essential, and a volatile personality does not lend itself to either the creative or professional aspects of an artist's career.
Because they are trapped inside their head. Outside influences can be intrusive.
Art and emotion go hand in hand. You can't dedicate your life to something without an emotional investmnet. In art you are always searching for a way to make what you are doing more emotional, more involving and deeper. When you invest in this way the art extracts a tax from you. Some artists are overtaxed and become impossible to deal with. It's like they get caught in a vortex. Be judicious about your investments.
Well, I can't answer this because it is not true. Some do and many don't...like all human groups, some are volatile, have issues and many do not. So what is the point of this question?
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