One does not simply go to New York without getting pushed around in a crowd. Its part of the culture. Everyone is on the move. Except tourists, they stop and look and ooh and aah. And before they have a chance to really say something, they’ve been pushed and are now looking at something else.
In essence, everybody is living their own reality. And so the city is the perfect place to learn that not everybody cares about what you are doing as much as you think they do.
In the bigger scheme of things, the world is a large place. Your Facebook status is among one million others so your one typo isn’t the end of the world. Similarly, very few people are picking apart the fact that your drawing has an out of place pencil mark. It’s only if they are already looking. And it is not easy to get somebody to take time out of their own reality to assess yours.
So create art. Do it like nobody is watching. And those looking to find you, will.
Besides, those are really the only ones you should care about. Because on the other end of the spectrum are those who have seen something like your art a thousand times before. And you cannot spend your entire time trying to persuade them that you’re different. It’s something they have to conclude on their own.
You cannot convince somebody that you are great. You just have to be great.
And the only way to be great is to keep beating at your craft. Learn. Make mistakes. But don’t beat yourself up about your failures because remember, nobody is really thinking about you as much as you think they are.
So no, you will not be able to run after the guy who stopped for a second but got pushed. This person will have to decide whether they will risk turning back against the crowd to see more of you. This person will have to determine whether your art is worth stopping for. Because your art has to speak for itself.
Your art has to stand out from the crowd.