When asked what advice she would give to the current generation of aspiring artists, artist Shirin Neshat said:
My only advice is to spend less time on thinking about success and put all the energy in making art itself. Otherwise your relationship to your art changes. It becomes less genuine and honest. Art should not be born from a pressure of becoming successful but something deeper. This is always a danger and the cause for mediocrity in art. . . .
Source: Interview with Linda Weintraub for her book In the Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Art.