As much as my hometown loves me, there is always a challenge to be anything more than “little Scottie” to them. In fact, I would say most times those that know you as such will have a hard time taking your hobbies seriously if and when you want to share art on a bigger scale. This is more true in trying to break into the music scene since it’s already saturated with wanna-be’s who love the idea of being a rock star. All in all, it is hard to break through the perception barriers.
Jesus himself struggled with perception issues and references it in Matthew 13:57, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” Of course this is referring to Him being the Son of God and the resistance to that truth of those who knew him since he was a boy. Although we can’t possibly share art in the same way that the Son of God did, we can take the same principle and apply it to sharing our art specifically when creating something unique to us. There will be a lot of resistance close to home and in my experience it will be very subtle.
The good thing is that quality art eventually rises up if it hangs around long enough. The question is how soon will it rise up? We don’t have the advantage of being both God and man as Jesus did. So, we are on an equal playing field with man vs. man characteristics. The main thing I’d stress as a young artist is to keep creating and eventually it might impact others in a way that does actually encourage or inspire them. Let others communicate your message for you instead of you trying to convince your close ones why they should take your music seriously. Just share your music with whoever is interested. If they don’t want it then no sweat off your back. They’ll need a little more convincing. And you’ve got time.
About this Series:
See the first post in the series on Sharing Your Music.