And the connection between this and parenting an artist is . . . artists face a lot of rejection and so learning to develop a support structure is a critical life skill. Critical. I know salespeople and college professors and a lot of other people face rejection in their careers, but that's different. When someone rejects your product or drops out of your class, it is not the same thing as when they reject your music or your painting or your novel, because your art is an extension of you and it is very personal.
So artists should be encouragers of others and surround themselves with fellow encouragers. Mackenzie has been blessed with some amazing friends who are each other's greatest cheerleaders. She has let go of the hyper-competitive ones who won't retweet performance and release notices, won't share videos . . . Instead, she has found people who believe in building each other up.
|Some of +Mackenzie Elliott's awesome friends|
So if you are in the life of an artist and the people around them are tearing them down, please see if you can convince them to keep trying to meet new friends. Ones who they will encourage, and who will strengthen them in return. It's a long and rocky road, and it's good to travel with better friends.