This isn't the first or last time you'll see me writing about Sonic Youth, but I was reading a great book the other day that cites one of their member's ideas about what goes into a good performance. Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon once wrote of performance:
"People pay to see others believe in themselves."
This is an exciting and scary idea. As an artist, I concluded after reading that quote that I currently only believe in myself to the extent that I believe I've been created to be an artist and share that art with other people.
But is that enough?
Should I believe in myself more?
Should you believe in yourself more?
How much is too much belief in oneself?
These are all questions that I ask when I unpack that quote.
Because hopefully it's not just about "getting paid" — although getting paid to share art with people is a pretty awesome thing. No, it's also about the beautiful and powerful things that happen when art is shared with people in compelling, excellent, unique, and exciting ways.
So how much belief in oneself is required to share art in a compelling, excellent, unique, and exciting ways? Great question. I'm not sure, entirely. I'm wondering if you have an answer.