I like working on creative projects, but at times they can be so consuming and solitary, that you can lose touch with others or the outside world. Often engrossed in the project, that you loose perspective. Sometimes, I feel like I shouldn't tell or show other what I do, for fear of ridicule, criticism, or even the opposite, jealousy or anger. I find this can happen to me, and others too. It is a crippling feeling for an artist/creator. All we want to do is make something awesome, and many times, we are so far invested in it, that we can see its brilliance, so we shelve it, or put it on the back burner to linger or rot away. So, because of this, some artists/creators, toil in secret, and narrowly choose a small select group or sometimes no one at all to show their work to. This happens too often. So, I decided to try and change this. Little by little. After starting a new project, I came clean and shared it with my family and circle. I started sharing more and more, and found quite the opposite to be true. Sharing my work has been a validation of me and my talent. Of my ideas. A validation that my effort was not wasted, was not useless, trivial, or any of the like. It was only until people saw my work, and I started to get some positive responses, that I felt, I had made something true. It was through sharing my work, that I felt I could actually give my self a label of artist/creator/designer/producer, etc. what have you. Do you agree? Or should an artist only keep to a select group and stay insulated ?