In order to express yourself, one must find out who is the self that is doing the expressing.

Suffering for your art is not necessary to be great. Art and its expression has dangerously clung to the myth that pain breeds greatness. This archaic notion is perpetuated by romantic deaths. There is nothing romantic about Morrison found in a bath, Cobain lifeless beside a shotgun, Elvis slumped in the bathroom with his pajamas around his ankles, or the brilliant Philip Seymore Hoffman found with a needle in his arm.

Art relies on authenticity. Truth. Therefore, find out who you are and share it with honesty and fearlessness, in all walks of life. Talent is a gift. Trust and respect that gift. Share it… love it… live for it.

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