So I don’t know if this is comforting to anyone else, but I’m going to put it out there:
Creating a winter guard show, the director becomes an artist. If you happen to be in your first or second or third year of teaching and creating guard shows, just remember what people say about painters…
"Oh, that’s early Picasso. He didn’t hit his stride until about 20 years later."
"Her iconic stuff didn’t show till much later."
So, you know, don’t give up. Realize that your art is a process. And tell anyone to shove it who doesn’t believe in you.