Sometimes I don’t understand people in creative industries. If you’re someone doing something creative, there’s a chance that you’ll have to sell your product to the masses and when that time comes, it’s also possible that your product will get criticised because there’s nothing in the world that everybody collectively likes. It’s just part of what happens, when people experience something that’s on the market, they’ll form an opinion which they are allowed to have, it’s not offensive or anything it’s just an assessment of the experience. That being said, I’ve noticed that when some people hear feedback on their work and it’s criticism, they get emotional and start complaining as if it’s the consumer’s fault for not liking it and if that’s your attitude, why sell your stuff to begin with?
A lot of things in the world require people to have thick skin and selling any kind of product is one of them, you can’t take the good without taking the bad (unless there is no bad). Nobody likes criticism which is fair but, I get seriously confused when people get upset about others not liking their products as if it’s by force that people have to like whatever is marketed to them. If you sell something to someone and they don’t like it, it’s okay, YOU WILL LIVE! It makes me question what people expect when they get into this kind of field because it when people get angry over their product not being received well, it shows a degree of cluelessness.
It happens often enough for me to believe that within most if not all creative industries, there’s a mentality amongst those involved that they can’t be criticised and that isn’t right. I can’t say for sure but it feels like people tend approach things with this mentality and become shocked when they learn that others don’t abide by the same rules. Personally, I think it’s good to show passion and stand by your creations but it doesn’t look good for your character when you try to justify why your specific creation shouldn’t get criticised only to go and criticise those who didn’t like your project, now they probably don’t like you either (and that’s probably bad for business.)
Criticism isn’t the end of the world. There are times where responding to it negatively makes sense, like if the criticism is disrespectful and turns into an attack on your character but in most cases it just makes sense to accept the criticism and keep it moving. There’s an audience for everything and if a creator has found their audience, they just need to focus on developing that and making sure they continue to receive love from those they are trying to appeal to. It’s really a non issue in most cases which makes it so confusing as to why people get upset when their work is criticised.