Great piece Dakota — thank you. I’m reminded of the Steven Pressfield quote from The War of Art: “The professional respects his craft. He does not consider himself superior to it. He recognizes the contributions of those who have gone before him. He apprentices himself to them.”
Regrettably, many people focus on being discovered rather than honing their craft and apprenticing themselves to the work. If a person becomes a social media sensation overnight, what then of the craft to sustain their new found popularity? Many fall from grace and are swept up by the currents of mediocrity once more. Therefore, the craft and the art is the lifeblood of any creator.