Useful Creativity Tip: Appreciate Your Audience

It’s natural to want everyone to like you. As a performer or literary artist, I believe wholeheartedly that that want is even stronger than in the average person. We want every single person to like us, to really really like us. But, most don’t. And, everyone won’t. Seriously, we need to understand that and move on. Yet, we don’t. Instead, we spend an inordinate amount of time trying to attract new fans while our current audience of supporters and true fans of our work languish at the sidelines.

Personality Radio shared this awesome post on ways radio hosts diss their fan base and while reading, I couldn’t help but compare this to some behaviors I witness among some of the performance artists in my social media circle who I am able to observe from afar. I witness how fans are not acknowledged for commenting on posts or sharing unsolicited feedback after a show or appearance. I witness how some artists make demands for their fans to forward their info, yet, offer no incentive, kind word or acknowledgment that the fans and word of mouth is how many of us indie artists are able to fill seats. What I most commonly see are indie artists making demands that folks “support indie artists” as if its a audience responsibility without any attempt to engage the loyal fan base with anything to make it worth their while.

This kind of behavior makes it hard for those of us who really appreciate our fan base and are interested in people building relationships with our work, and not our image. But, this also hurts those who engage these behaviors worst of all. For, it ultimately becomes clear that if you don’t appreciate the fan base that you already have, why on earth would you appreciate a new fan who may happen to discover your art by chance?

What are some ways that you appreciate your audience?

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Peace. Nice read. Definitely some great points we could all learn from in there.

    Here are two things I do to show my audience that I appreciate them. The 1st: Release free projects in between my official albums as a thank you for their patience. The 2nd: Make time for them after (and sometimes before) a performance. You never realize how much your art/craft means to someone until you actually speak to them.

    Stay in Peace

  2. artsymoon says:

    Hi Stan! Thanks so much for your comment. I am honored you lent your feedback b/c you are one of the more gracious of artists out there. Your care for your audience is immediately obvious.

  3. Candace Boahene says:

    Fantastic job on this piece Mama Moon! I agree, a lot of artists sometimes forget to acknowledge their genuine fans or blatantly ignore them. Sadly, these artists can make time to address their nonsupporters instead of trying their hardest to meet/greet their supporters of their craft. I’m so happy you brought this issue to light and we all can take notes from this post. 🙂

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