Where do artists come from and what keeps them going

Where do artists come from? I'm not referring to the cabbage patch, I'm sure if you're reading this you've heard about the birds and the bees. I'm talking about what pushes someone to be an artist. I think what motivates you is what makes the difference. I don't think wanting to be famous can make you an artist, though being an artist and wanting to be famous or successful are not incompatible. What do you think makes an artist? If wanting fame is what drives you there's a chance some will find you infamous, I'm thinking of...

Paris Hilton, who is not an artist as I see it. Though there is creativity in all of us. We choose to express it or not, and it takes many shapes. From personal experience I believe being an artist is not a choice, it's a calling. Whatever happened to you has created a need in you to contribute to the world in an artistic way. Years ago I couldn't articulate it well but I had come to the conclusion that the best I had to offer is my art. Artists are important. They put a smile on life. And just as artists and art beautify life and can help and accompany humans through all kinds of times, those who appreciate them and support them are just as important. Artists inspire, those who enjoy and support art make it possible for artists to share their gift. And they're just as much a part of the arts and artistic community as the artist.

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