Dear Young Artist;
Do I wish, when I was a young artist, that an older artist with more than four decades of experience in the arts, set down for me, in a series of letters, the wisdom of their experience?
But even though this is just my prelude letter to future letters providing the wisdom of a life in the arts, I am already providing you with your first lesson:
Don't pay attention to what anyone wants.
I mean, unless you want money and worldly success.
Or let me put it another way for you, young artist: I didn't want an old, experienced artist to send me letters full of the wisdom of their experience, and look what happened to me.
What happened to me you ask?
I accumulated wisdom.
And I'm going to share it all with you.
Resist it if you can.