No one values your art in the beginning. You don’t have fans nor recognition. That’s why you’re more likely to be discovered and popularized when you’re dead. Rarely does anyone get your thinking in the moment. It takes people time to understand vision.
Three things have to happen on the road to fame:
1. One person with a significant fan base has to promote your work and get others to believe. This kickstarts word of mouth.
2. You have to do more than one work, have more than one hit. You have to be creative again and again.
3. You have to cut through the overabundance of noise on the Internet.
Some people get lucky while they’re alive and get to live in the spotlight, rich. But that fame often makes it harder to produce future significant work.
One advantage to being anonymous while you’re alive is the freedom to create whatever you want without having the pressure to produce the next hit.
You can create art for fame or you can leave your heart on your canvas. Either way, just make it and see what happens.