If you’re worried about what floor your artistic career is on, you’re not seeing the big picture. Ups and downs are part of the creative process. You can’t go up without starting at the bottom and you can’t stay at the top because you’ll eventually run out of the things that got you to your perch.
Most “regular” people won’t understand what that means because they’re trying to formulate a linear path. That’s perfectly fine but that’s not the road for the artist. But most “regular” people would be equally well-served by thinking this way too.
Try to see the ups and downs the way a child getting into an elevator sees a button to push. That button will whisk you away to another unexplored floor with unknown wonders waiting.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.