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The thing about getting known is that people say funny things to you. Most of it is bullshit. Some of it is true, and some of it is downward inconsiderate. Some of it does make me think, though.

One of those things said to me, a while ago, was that I wasn't so much of an artist.
That, despite the fact that I was decently known on the internet nowadays, I didn't make actual great art.
(The actual comment phrased it somewhere along the lines of "famous as hell, but still draws like a college art student")

And you know what I thought? This guy actually did have a solid point. The way he worded it down was just... not so clever. 

Throughout my life I've seen people with great skills in everything. I've learned soon enough that people typically see themselves as either a left-brain or a right-brain thinker, meaning so much that their either go with logic or intuition, and are often either good with numbers or social skills/art (that come with that). While many of these tests where proven myths long ago and it's already well known that we use both sides of our brain, we do have a dominant side and it does firmly leave its fingerprint on who we are, how we think, and often what we will end up doing. 

I'm the person that's in the middle. I don't have a particular dominant side. I'm between logic and intuition. A confused mind, as one of the teachers that took my career test in high school used to typify me. And that's basically what I am. I enjoy art and social science as much as I enjoy building computers and programming, and the thought of giving up either of them would make me incredibly sad. This rather unique feature of me, however, does make it hard to focus on one thing as I enjoy so many of them, and I enjoy them equally. It makes it hard to blend in society as well... but that's a whole different story.

When I was younger, I used to envy people that were 'pure' in the sense that they had only one goal in life and one single thing that interested them. Not being able to focus on one thing alone, I generally saw myself as a huge slacker, and that wasn't too good for my confidence in general. A few years of experience learned me that I am in fact dedicated. I spend most of my time learning new stuff, as I'm curious by nature. But I share my time between many very different fields of interest and spend time on whatever has, on that moment, the most interesting thing to learn. And like the proverb "jack of all trades, master of none" already implies, it's very hard to maintain great knowledge on multiple fields. You can't basically outdo the experts that do that same thing all day... and with a good reason. Life wouldn't be exactly fair if people that talented existed. 

What I do think needs to change, is society's attitude towards people that generalize in multiple crafts, instead of choosing a single one.
In the art world as well, I found people only moderately understanding towards how is to have multiple interests besides from art. All classical art education says you have to study for 40+ hours a week, draw a lot of anatomy and such -- oh, you know the drill. The point is; not everybody can do that. Being in school I've told my teachers many times that such a thing was, for me at least, not the way to learn. Because people with a mind like me basically need variation to pick things up. Doing the same thing over and over again for a period of months would lull my brain to sleep. But I learned pretty soon that saying such a thing in this society (or school -- in that regard) was just not done. I was seen as weak, unprepared for society, and just another lazy slacker that only wanted to party (while I ironically never attended parties in university, actually).
For those that want to know how the story ended. Eventually I did things in my own way. My unique combination of knowing both design and computer science landed me a good job... and basically didn't do as bad as the horror scenario the teachers predicted. Everything ended up pretty well. 

The point is; it takes all kinds of people to make the world run.
We need people that specialize in things and we need people that can do a lot of things to connect those. I see may people nowadays make the mistake to link fame directly to artistic skills, and be disappointed if this doesn't match up. While, as a matter of fact, there are so many more skills needed to get known than just being good with a paintbrush. What about social skills? How about thinking up good concepts for your work? Or storytelling? How about marketing? How about networking? These are a plethora of skills that increase your chances of 'fame' that don't directly involve holding a paintbrush, but do involve actual skill and a lot of practice. They are, unlike visual art, not directly visible. That doesn't mean, however, they aren't there. And that doesn't mean they don't deserve appreciation.

It's important to realize this, and appreciate people for what they are. Because that not-so-good artist you look down on today, may have great networking skills. Skills that might one day bring him to the top of a company, where he might actually offer you a job if he liked you...
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Alchemist-CH Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member
There's something to be appreciated about having so many interests... if you learn to get the best of it (something the usual education never really focuses on).
One of the things is reintegration - when knowledge of one field of expertise can be directly applied to another field (sometimes instead of what typically counts a prerequisite or an integral part of this other field). The thing is not to listen to those demanding a pure approach because they don't know any better way.
Of course, you won't be the best at the pure areas, but if you find what can benefit from several skills (and where occasional lack in one skill can be compensated with the others) this can be quite an advantage.
And one more interesting thought: being jack of all traits actually implies having some ability to quickly grasp at least the key parts of a new area... Isn't that what's really needed to succeed at complex tasks that require combining several fields of expertise?  And (if you are into management/social interaction) these talents may be quite useful at coordinating a bigger project involving several specialists of different areas of expertise.

So for anybody having issues with having too diverted interests my advice is: find something that benefits from multiple skills or the ability to get into new minor areas. Of course, that implies something where getting things really done is valued more than getting them done by the book. Yeah, here also comes the "high start" issue...
Chibu3D-Origami Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So much relate O.o. This is how I feel, in the middle, confused. And then I get shit for being how I am.
Bluesoul1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So true... prob my social skills is where I lack...not probably... I'm sure! hehehe
1deathgod Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The way I see it is this.  The world is a big box of legos.  You can build a lot of really cool things with legos, but only if you have the right pieces and know how to put them together.  If all you have are specialized legos with no regular bricks you can't build much of anything at all.  But, if you mix your regular bricks with your special bricks, suddenly there's a huge world of possibilities.

Bet you can't tell I'm a lego person.:D
LadyElasa Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've considered myself a jack of all trades kind of person. I enjoy drawing, writing, photography, sculpting, cooking, piano and lots of other things. I'm not really ridiculously good at any of them, but I'm skilled at them all the same. It's just how my brain works too. XD
Insanity-Installed Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This kind of reminds me of a time I got trolled by this person, they really insulted my drawings and personality, but he/she ended it with "I don't understand why you're so popular" (which even though I wasn't and still not, they were sure as heck that I was).
It made me so upset, however now looking back I just laugh because I know the reason why they weren't 'popular'; they focused way too much on numbers and making fun of other artists, rather than being friendly and/or improving their artworks.

Back on the topic, everyone needs to find their balance of artistic and social skills. uwu
o0Kyozu0o Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was truly inspiring. :'3
Well, to me at least..  
ShiroiKuroko Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That makes both of us. ^^
FlyTheFish Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Huh, and I thought I was the only oddball that teachers told that to. 
ViperCanel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Are you openly proposing marriage to me? Because this whole message felt like it :D Don't worry, I do perfectly understand you :) I am in between just like you, also finding it hard to blend in society because of being non-stereotypical. The many branched frameworks of people always expect you to be [someone] to give you something in turn. Sorry, I am a freelance detective, friend of Sam and Max.

Look on the bright side, there is at least one super great guy just like us! Leonardo da Vinci :D Take that pompous postmodern bitches! Too bad I have an even shorter attention span :/

If this world is too boring for you, lets fly together to a better place! Maybe here?:…
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