Steven Pressfield writes an excellent article about Track #1 and Track #2. Here is a link to the complete article. Steven Pressfield.
Below are some quotes from the article that I wish to talk about.
"Track #1, the Muse Track, represents our work in its most authentic, true-to-itself and true-to-our-own-heart expression.
Track #2, the Commercial Track, represents the response our work gets in the marketplace. In other words, points to:
Everybody loves it.
Everybody hates it.
Nobody notices that it even exists.
The antidote is remaining grounded on Track #1."It is natural after all the work of getting a show together and hung that a normal healthy person would want to know what people think. Therein lies a great problem. The danger of this is if everybody loves it then you keep painting the same painting over and over again. Or if everybody hates it you completely stop, or even worse try and find a gimmick.
It is wonderful to get a show hung and out for people to see. The danger is caring too much and defining myself by the opinion of others. As Steven Pressfield says: "nothing good ever came from that. Even success can be bad. In fact success can be worse than failure. How many actors have won Oscars in Year X, only to vanish into rehab in Year X+1?"
Now I need to get to work!