Something I have learned about the world of art is that it is incredibly competitive, but not because most artists are cut-throat, die-hard soldiers for self and self alone. No, art is competitive because there are hundreds of thousands of people producing hundreds of millions of pieces, and a comparatively small amount of consumer time and money available. So there is naturally the worry that if you recommend any up-and-coming artists, you might turn consumers toward them and deny yourself of opportunities to shine. I’m very glad that I grew out of that worry. Not only is this view not particularly accurate, but maintaining a ‘lone ranger’ approach to creative work is not nearly as enjoyable as establishing a sense of community.
See, in this infinite maelstrom of choices on what to read, watch, listen to, play, and so on and so forth, I know I like having recommendations. And if I like a book or film and I’m told that I’ll probably like another that is similar, my encounter with the second doesn’t diminish my enjoyment of (or patronage toward) the first.
I’m going to start recommending local artists (i.e. in the Pacific Northwest). Yes, I do hope that anyone I endorse might do the same for me in the future, but even if there is no reciprocity, it’s something that I enjoy doing, and I feel like it can only have a positive effect on the Seattle artistic community.
If you would like to be featured on this blog, please contact me, and if it’s the sort of thing I like, I will help to boost your profile.
Cheers, and good luck!