Receiving and processing criticism is an important part of creative growth. This is due to the fact that professional or consumer satisfaction with our work is key to generating income, and it can be difficult to gauge without criticism and review. I think having a group of close acquaintances who share your creative interests is extremely important to measure the impact of your work, but having access to people without this creative knowledge can also be very helpful; sometimes you may want to see your work from an average consumer’s perspective. An important part of processing criticism is separating the constructive from the baseless, when opinions are given freely from a distribution platform or social media, making this distinction is vital to using criticism to improve your work rather than feel it is worth less from another point of view.

Criticism can be used as a simple tool to express distaste for a particular piece of work, but it can also be used to shape content to give your very demographic what they want.