What is Career Art? Art executed in the pursuit of success and recognition, seeking opportunities, rising, gaining influence and power. How is this any different at all from rising through an insurance organization?
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make a career in any profession–we need insurance agents, believe it or not. We’re all interested in making a living doing something we love. The point is that the art career with a life of its own no longer has anything to do with exploration or truth. Maybe that’s why, as an example, musicians can put out such crap along with a few good songs. You’re working fast, there are a million things going on, you trust your talent to help you keep rising, you have to fill out an album, you convince yourself this is good stuff. Other people’s agendas and your own chaotic inner forces are pushing in so many directions, and opportunities are rare and must be grasped quickly. There is little time to read, think, feel, evaluate, step back and see the whole.
In the same way, in your busy writing career you might try to pawn off a lesser quality chapter, a lesser quality character, a lesser quality novel, and naturally you have some reasons to justify this: other parts of this novel were excellent, this lesser section is nevertheless integral to the plot, I can’t be perfect all the time, I don’t have time to revise this, I need to move on to the next writing project, I don’t want to know my work is lesser quality, readers have no choice but to put up with it, hey, this is my blind spot and it’s none of your damn business anyway!