The formation of diamonds requires extremely high temperatures and extraordinary amounts of pressure.
Diamonds don't emerge fully-formed, they're forged in the deepest fires 100 miles beneath the earth's surface, under crushing amounts of pressure.
Violent volcanic eruptions push diamonds up to the earth's surface from below where they've survived intense, punishing conditions.
Empowered artists who create transcendent art are similarly formed through years of overcoming prolonged hardship, unending struggles and fierce battles against their own demons.
That kind of pressure is what separates those who have what it takes from those who don't.
If you're on the right path, you'll always feel pressure.
An empowered artist who always pushes herself just outside of her comfort zone will always feel pressure and the constant internal battles against her own demons only intensifies it.
When you also factor in all of the external pressures inherent in living in a fast-paced, ever-evolving world, it's easy to see how it can all become very overwhelming.
How an artist responds to pressure will define the trajectory of her career.
If the pressure is viewed in a negative light, then it turns into stress which, over time, breaks you down.
If the pressure is viewed in a positive light, as a necessary part of becoming an interesting, unique and dynamic artist who actually has something worth saying, then the pressure will build you.
Enduring pressure is a rite of passage, a necessary part of becoming an empowered artist.