I heard a fascinating discussion on MPR's Daily Circuit today about the life and practice of being an artist. Two hip-hop artists and one actor were incredibly articulate about the behind-the-scenes of making art. The basis of the discussion was hip-hop artist Guante's blog, in which he listed the six things he wishes he'd known when he started. Follow the link for more info, but they are, in short:
1. Take your time.
2. Memorable > Talented
3. Work Harder and Smarter
4. Plan Ahead and be Organized
5. [Basic Tips and Resources: see link]
6. Define "Success" for Yourself.