Confidence & Celebdom
Sports folk talk of confidence... being in the zone etc. Good (=professional) sport is a creative act;. You have to be something of an artist to rise above the mediocre: to see the possibilities, then not just see them but have the gumption, presence of mind, to articulate them. The same thing here, art might be a solitary occupation but except for the naive recluse cannot exist and prosper in isolation.
Confidence in an artistic enterprise comes from a feeling that you're not wasting your time, that you're contributing something of value. Under isolation that has to come from others who approve of you and what you do - whether they like it or you or not. Take that away and confidence wanes. I used to believe that what I did had some worth beyond my own narrow self. Now I'm not so sure but I'll keep on.
We live in a celebrity culture. The work and philosophy of the non-celeb is worthless. It doesn't matter how you achieved it, your name is all important. Only by this way can a gardener introduce us to classical music. The Unknown don't matter, they don't count, they don't figure within our compass. We seem to have lost the ability to see things for what they are, to view critically, to appraise independently. We need to be told.
I hope to live to see the day when quality is sufficient. The only way this will be achieved is for some astute celebrity to tell us of it! I still remember with affection the attempts of Jarvis Cocker to introduce a non-comprehending world to Outsider Art. Rock on Jarvis!