What is the difference between an artist and a creative person? Of course, we all know that artists are creative. But why do only some people call themselves artists?
Since I started this website I’ve visited many blogs to see what people are up to. Aside from the incredible beauty and talent I’ve seen, I’ve noticed something. Some people call themselves artists. And others call themselves creative people. And there does seem to be a difference.
Artists seem to be confident in their role, often having been an artist for many years. They tend to have mastered a specific medium or have migrated from one to the next, working until they have used the medium for its full possibilities. They seem to make room for their art by having a dedicated space. They seem to feel more empowered in their choice to create.
Creatives tend to be much less confident. They tend to dabble a bit in one medium and then the next. There seems to be an undercurrent of self-doubt, almost apologizing for their talent or lack thereof. I see a lot of sadness that they don’t have a dedicated workspace. Gee, that sounds harsh. I don’t mean it that way. I am firmly in the creative camp, so I’m perhaps speaking of something that resonates highly with me.
Why aren’t the creative types more confident in their talent? Why are the artists more “serious”? The more I look around the less I think it has to do with talent. Or with sales. Or even with the status of hobby vs business. I think it has to do with attitude. And I’m curious what leads to that attitude?
Your thoughts? Am I missing the boat here? Have you noticed this as well? What are your experiences?