An artist? You're not weird enough man!
This quote comes from a varsity friend of mine while we were discussing our futures. I mentioned art as something I would like to pursue further, which led to the above comment. This was maybe understandable in that context. After all we were studying law. Art students were more expressive - you know the clothes, the dyed hair and protests and shock art. These are stereotypes of course, but they illustrate the idea. The idea that to be successful as an artist you need to stand out and this implies an extroverted personality.
How many people aspire to creative careers in the arts, but doubt themselves because they are introverts.
Here is an amazing talk by Susan Cain on the topic of introverts giving their talent to the world.
Do introverts have a chance for real success in the arts?
Malcolm Dewey: Artist. Country: South Africa