My concern is with those who have grabbed onto the brass ring of
good fortune (namely national/international success) who are
unwilling to help those seeking their advice to become one of them.
Amy, that's funny, I have had absolutely the opposite experience -
experienced, well-known artists who are only too happy to offer
advice, encouragement, time and energy. Your difficulty *may* be in
your attitude, from the tone of the message above. You seem to feel
that you are owed advice by the simple fact that others have what
you want - inter/national success. If artist "A" has only so much
time and energy to devote to a career, whose career should benefit -
"A"s or yours?
Why should anyone who has fought long and hard, worked fingers to
bone, exercised their creativity to meltdown point, why would that
hardworking innovator volunteer their valuable time and energy to
everyone who asks? Pay it forward is a great concept, but you'll
notice it's phrased "Pay It Forward", not "You Owe Me". The first is
a gift, the second a duty.
Now, if you have a specific question, there are places like Orchid,
where folks who are interested in passing down knowledge come at
their convenience to do so. Key words - interested, convenience.
Also, Orchid is more of an energy exchange, with the possibility of
many folks weighing in, and everyone involved learning something or
being exposed to a new technique/idea/concept.
Also, do you offer your targeted successful artist anything in
return for his/her wisdom and hard-won lessons? Purchase a token,
take their class, buy their book, follow their career, establish a
connection - THEN ask for advice regarding your career. Even if you
don't get any, you can benefit by observing what has worked for them
and what doesn't. What can you observe in the practices of your
fellow artists - inter/national successes-to-be?
Last, there *is* a class of talented artists devoted to passing on
knowledge, but their "brass ring" is a grateful following, not
international success - they are called "teachers".