Anyone who has ever performed or written or painted or created anything knows that sharing a piece of your soul with the world leaves you vulnerable. And when you’re vulnerable, you will get hurt. You will face rejection and adversity and have your heart torn open again and again. And this pain will lead to more art, which in turn will cause more pain. If you’re an artist, you don’t need to seek out opportunities for misery: keep creating and misery will find you of its own accord.