I just started reading this book, and the introduction has already compelled me. The authors tell the story of Joe Pistone, the famous FBI agent who took down the Cosa Nostra Mob by becoming the undercover agent known as "Donnie Brasco." They quote Pistone quite quickly in the book, who shares a key part of his strategy:
"You build up who you are, little by little, never moving too fast, never taking too big a bite at one time. There are occasions where you suddenly have to take a big step or a big chance. [But] those come later."
Now, most artists aren't building a fake identity to infiltrate the mafia, but they are most likely trying to influence and inspire people with their work, which means, we can learn a thing or two from Pistone's wisdom here. Even though most artists want to catch the big fish fast and win it big right away, the most successful ones know that it works differently than that. It's about a slower and subtler moving process. It involves patience, timing, observation, intentional connection, and focus.
So maybe don't be in such a rush. Maybe hang out and watch for a bit before you try and become a real wise guy. And while you're doing that, slowly build up your work and thing before trying to land the big fish.