I believe that mastery is the only concrete strategy one can adopt as a professional creative that must survive.
Because the competition is any artist with the initiative to upload their work online, which is simply staggering.
So for me, it pays to stop competing altogether and focus on a creative process that becomes better over time.
And here’s the thing. When it is clear that an artist is on a trajectory of mastery, it doesn’t matter whether they have already blown up or not.
They show more promise than artists who are simply banking on luck.