And a follow up.
Here's the nub, the point, the gist, the heart, the essence:
Find your focus as an artist. Do it for awhile. Then you find that people will compare you with others, and you'll be tempted to go back and do something else, tempted to get off the bus. But if you stay the course, you'll find that your own distinctive features, your "voice" as it were, will emerge, and even those early works will be valued. But getting off will interrupt your growth.