Authentic entertainment

I’m currently reading a book by Brené Brown and was struck by the following thought:

Art is about being real and authentic, while entertainment is about being liked.

Each dancer must decide which is more important to them. The answer can be fluid. It may change over time, perhaps even from one piece to the next. And these two concepts are not mutually exclusive. The most successful art frequently has elements of both. Being authentic may even provide an avenue for being liked by a particular audience. The relationship between these two ideas is complex.

But knowing significance to you can guide your process.  If getting the art out is more important, do that and don’t worry as much about the response. If entertainment is more important, learn what your audience wants and improve those skills. In either case, do your best and know that you are enough.

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