What advice would you give beginner artists?
The first thing I would say is PRACTICE all the time. It's like breathing air to me...keeps my chops up and always improves my style. The second thing is to constantly work on developing the "real you". That means finding your true voice and not letting others try to talk you out of your direction. It's very difficult to make your mind up and stick by it. Folks will always hear you the way they want to hear you but your heart will usually tell you if thats what you're supposed to be.
Good luck my friend, it's a wonderful journey!