Having “dedication to your craft” is a phrase artists hear quite often – but what does it really mean?
I think to most it means that you work diligently at your art. You hone your skills, learn from others in classes and courses, and practice every day.
But I think there’s another meaning to being dedicated to your craft. A meaning much more personal.
Below is a video of violinist and conductor André Rieu playing a waltz that a musician had penned some 50 years ago before he moved into the realm of acting. Now, 50 years later, Sir Anthony Hopkins renews his dedication to his craft as a musician by asking André Rieu to play his waltz.
As an artist, it’s important to remember that dedication isn’t just about getting better at our craft (though that is also important), it’s also about honoring the time we’ve spent on our art. If you’ve got a manuscript you’ve written off that’s just hanging out at the bottom of a drawer, drag it out and dust it off. You initially put effort into that manuscript, your effort deserves to see the light of day, even if it means working on the manuscript a little more before sending it out to the world.
What about you? What do you think “dedication to your craft,” means?