I wrote this a while back for Lifehack.org and forgot about it, but wanted to share it because I think it's a great article.
Being an artist in today's world is very double sided.
First of all, it has never been easier to be an artist. We have so many tools at our disposal, so many industries that now cherish and encourage creativity, so many ways to share what we make with each other (social media/blogs/the Internet in general/etc.).
But at the same time, it is difficult being an "artist" because, well, it seems like EVERYONE could be an artist, so then what makes you special? What makes YOU any more of an artist than someone else?
And then there is the added perspective that we have never been busier—especially in America. We are consumed by our phones. We work A LOT. We are constantly distracted and the Internet has made the creative industries seem overly saturated.
So the challenge now has become one of discipline and focus. Can you block out the distractions long enough to actually be creative or be an artist?
This has been something I have struggled with a lot, learning how to turn off my phone, turn off the Internet, and just get to work. But over the years, I have found that it's this simple discipline towards being more focused that ultimately makes all the difference.