It's fun for me to be around my own kind. We get each other. Only within the last 15 years or so did I realize and begin to describe myself as an artist. I've been one all my life. I just thought I was different, and well, I am. But, it was much more than that.
About 10-15 years ago a General Manager told me me why he was hiring me. He said I had one thing that the other 700+ candidates, some in major markets, others with as much or more talent than I had, did not have. He said I was a "True Artist"; but he stretched out the "i" and made it into a long 'e." Kind of how the French might say it! Anyway, he saw that in me way before I did or at least I couldn't identify it.