We’ve all had a colleague who made a major breakthrough early in their career, but then they failed to kick on, instead they dropped away, like a star which shines brightest just before it disappears. We’ve also known vast numbers of colleagues who have quit the business, and others who haven’t quit, but the demands of the artistic life have diminished them, and turned them into soulless hacks. It is only the precious few who constantly grow stronger as artists, and not despite the resistance they face, but because of it.
Anyone can have a good year. Anyone can have a good couple of years. Question is, can you keep improving year after year after year. And, how do you measure this improvement? Money? Volume of work? Quality of work? Happiness? Self-respect?