Be brave, oh noble one!
Develop a bit of "people skills" and "communication skills" (two precious gems, unknown to most art fags like us).
This does not mean being a hip blabbermouth or witty conversationalist, nor does it mean reading some sort of How to Socialize, For Dummies.
It means developing self-awareness, self-control, confidence, forgiveness, assertion, timing, humor, body language, and most importantly a smile.
You can do it!