Artists and pleasing audiences

10 08 2011

Here’s a quotation from Amanda Palmer’s blog that I found interesting (capitalization left as is):

you make a choice as an artist to try to please a sliding scale

1) yourself
2) your fans
3) everybody

there’s an inverse proportion that goes on. […] the minute you start aiming to please your fans and going against your intuition, you start losing your footing. this isn’t to say you can’t write songs or make art that’s geared towards provoking a reaction in people…clearly you’re going to do that. but you have to follow your strong initial impulses, not listen too hard to what those around you are excited to hear. and the minute you attempt to please everybody, you are truly screwed. the moment you attempt to please everybody is the moment you please nobody…including yourself.

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