The Theory of the Self-impressment Threshold

Or SIT, for short. Made this up over breakfast the other day.
  1. The self-impressment threshold is the theoretical barrier of standards, expectations and criticisms that an artist's own ideas must pass through so as to be committed to or created, regardless of their empirical quality.
  2. Those with too high an SIT will very often pass over great ideas because they're not personally intrigued by them enough, or prematurely discard their work or ideas out of boredom. The work they do create will often be received as esoteric or heady. In the case of an extremely high SIT, writer's block can occur.
  3. Those with too low an SIT will usually create easily and freely, but won't pay enough attention to the quality level. This is good in some creative fields where producing ideas in bulk is necessary, but most of the time it signifies a lack of self awareness, and therefore poor development of talent.
  4. In extremely rare cases, some artistic geniuses have been able to create numerous masterpieces while completely eliminating the SIT for certain periods of time.
    Bob Dylan and Basquiat come to mind.
  5. A good SIT is one that hovers somewhere in the middle; the artist can distance him or herself from the sensation of creating and focus on the work itself. They'll understand sometimes a great creation doesn't need to represent the utmost in cleverness or complexity, but that its true test is how it resonates with others.
  6. Think about your SIT. Think about the SIT of friends you know, and whether it helps explain the obstacles in their career, or their overall happiness as a creator. Just SIT and think about it.