A local camera store put on a video competition that I submitted some work to. At first, the employee responsible for the contest was very responsive. Then I sent him the videos I wanted to enter into the competition and he went dark.
Of course, I could see that he was opening my emails because today's tracking technology enables this really easily.
Anyways, I just sent him another email to follow up, really out of curiousity to see what kind of excuse he makes for not responding to me.
I understand why he wouldn't respond. He wants to try to protect my feelings as if I was not a career artist and as if rejection bothered me. As if rejection was not part of the business model.
But, I sent my work to him to enter into the competition because you never know and because, quite frankly, I wanted to see it on the big screen. I could really care less about winning awards, etc.
I mean, I produced an album ten years ago that I submitted into competitions like this that also lost and was ignored that went on to win a Grammy, so that would be a case in point example on why people's opinions and emotionally protectionist mentality don't really matter as it relates to art.
From the standpoint of history, regardless of people's opinions of me or my work, I will in fact go down in history as a legend and master worthy of praise that people will talk about way beyond my death without a question. I'm writing this now as a declaration. It's up to you to do your own research to find out why.
But I digress,
The point of this post is to introduce the concept of Acceptable Art. What this is is art that some outside force deems acceptable for consumption by any audience. Acceptable Art is actually the antithesis of art and is a form of Fake Artistry. Acceptable Art is product that lacks controversy, innovation and depth. It's basically product that's good enough to be displayed, but in no way ruffles the feathers of its observers.
I mean, if you're running a camera store that is in the public eye, I can see why you would not put my work or my name on the big screen. Just like I talk about in my What I learned from Posting Content on my Personal Facebook page podcast, social media addicts will watch your content but will not like, share or comment on it because they do not want to admit they have a problem. People don't want to give power to your ideas or they disagree with your ideas.
This individual may eventually respond to my email, but whatever he says will probably be some sort of fairy-like response designed to not ruffle feathers.
Then, if I decide to do research and find out who did make it into the finalist positions, I will see that whoever got there created Acceptable Art. It could in fact be art better than mine, but even if it was, my submission warrants a response from the individual running the competition.
It really doesn't matter to me what response I get from people. Actually, it never does. The point is that they respond. Regardless of how they do, I have enough tools in my tool box to turn whatever fake bullshit they throw my way and craft it into a masterful piece of art.
That's the thing. I'm a master at the reversal. Have a problem with people on social media? Create a social media addiction course or book that shows why there is no benefit to being on it. Get ghosted by a girl on a dating app? Use her story as a blog post to put female flakiness on blast for all the world to see.
You're not going to win.
I observe endless amounts of people on social media who post political banter thinking they are making a real impact when they are not. Meanwhile, I am creating an entire monetizable brand and business exposing the entire fake system we live in or that they live in.
This is me taking action on what I believe and disagree with.
Writing blogs, creating art, music or whatever does make a difference. If it didn't, people who saw my It's Time to be Human Again video wouldn't have stopped using their cell phone while around their children like they told me, because the video sent chills down her spine.
So the point of this post was to introduce the Acceptable Art concept and also to point out the fact that people will not see your vision in its infancy. Because I have not elaborated on that point yet, I will do so now.
All controversial art is acceptable after the mass population has accepted it. At this time, people don't stand to lose anything by being a fan of your work. Regardless of how good or great you are, most people are scared to admit they are a fan of your ideals because it is dangerous to do so.
This is best summed up in the following quote:
It's like when everyone knows the answer to the question but they are afraid to say it out loud because they fear reprisal. They do not want to be reprimanded by the tribe. It's understandable.
I'm just not one of those people that fears reprisal. I would rather live in discipline of knowing I dedicated myself to what I believe than in the regret that I didn't take action on what I knew.
As a matter of fact, let's turn that into a quote of mine. Here we go:
You need to make yourself the expert. You need to have the courage to walk in the direction you feel you need to head into if you are going to bring your vision into fruition.
If people don't see it at first, it's fine. The more it develops the more they will start to see. And of course, once you have fully built the vision, everyone will be on your side and you can then turn the non-believers into believers and have the power to inspire others to also have courage.
But as mentioned in the title. Don't expect people to see your vision in its infancy.
Let's make that another quote.