Arts Advice for Young Artists/Writers/Performers
posted by May 20 at 12:59 PMon
Local hotshot Craig Lucas (playwright, associate artistic director at Intiman) gave the commencement speech at Boston University College of Fine Arts this past weekend, and it wasn’t the standard commencement speech about, you know, how you’re walking across a bridge toward a path and that path has a fork in it, etc., etc. Lucas gave advice about how to handle success, criticism, and fame in a country whose current government is pretty hostile toward art.
One of his lessons of his speech: “Just remember: your success is only news once. After that, the only possible news flash is that you’re not what you’re cracked up to be or your new work isn’t as good as the old.” Another:
Clearly, many great and deserving writers have received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Nonetheless, here are some who never won, all of whom died after the Prize was instituted:
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Who are some of the greats who took their place?
Pearl S. Buck.
The Moral: only time will decide. Since you may already be dead then, make the art you want to make.
The whole text (riddled with grammatical weirdness, but still) is here.