Life is as much about substance as it is image and portraying a uniqueness that sets individuals apart from the masses. The Art world in many regards bears out these fundamental maxim more so than other aspects of life. Dali, Picasso, Basquiat, all cultivated an image that was distinct and left a lasting impression that paired their unique talents with their equally unique personalities.
Where does one draw the line between "show" and being one's "self". I argue that all parts can make up the whole and that one does not compromise the other in order to achieve the means to a certain end. What people lack is the the ability to be a sort of "chameleon" in different social settings and adapt to their surroundings in order to best take advantage of them. And if I so choose to compromise then fuck it, am trying to be in the Met and MALBA someday...haha!
"always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it"