It takes a lifetime to be an artist. I don't agree with Suziblu on this subject. I don't agree that everyone is an artist. Everyone is creative. I agree with that. Absolutely.
Being an artist is a vocation, not a career. It is a calling, an obsession. Like being a musician or a writer. Everyone can write or make music or dance or sing - but to really be a writer or musician you have to be driven. Driven, in love with the creative process, doing it out of love, obsessed.
It isn't easy. It isn't always fun. It certainly isn't relaxing. It is intense, obsessive, frustrating, occasionally humiliating. It is like a love affair. And the longer I am an artist, the more of an artist I become. Which maybe isn't entirely a good thing.
And being an artist has nothing nothing nothing to do with how successful you are. How much you sell, or how much acclaim you receive. It doesn't even have to do with how talented you are. It has to do with needing to create. and that whole mysterious process that I don't even pretend to understand.