STOPPED BY CALAMITY (read time 1:37)
If you scan through the comments of my last blog “Art” you’ll come across a message from a reader named Tom who posted a simple but profound comment, “But when the entrepreneur is bleeding money and the artist can no longer buy art supplies it's a sad day indeed.” I sat with this comment for a few days, until a response finally began to bubble up.
How would you respond to Tom's comment?
|Posted By Susan Haymer|
| Smart readers! |
You've got some really intelligent readers Michael. I enjoy the comments as much as I do your blogs!
|Posted By Doodlebug|
| Character |
Just watched a documentary on the Eagles. Frey and Henley are geniuses, and yet greed and and bad character and conceit broke up the band, and cheated former band members of their legacy and their royalties: Randy Meisner, Bernie Leadon and Don Felder And they let Irving Azoff do all their dirty work. As Frey aptly said of their evil-doing agent, he may be the devil, but he is our devil. I guess the cynical bottom line for me is that genius can come from altruistic committed people or piggies at the trough who have to take the most, no matter how much they have. Sometimes genius does not come from selflessness or adversity, but simply power. And I am a huge Eagles fan. Go figure!!
|Posted By Clarise|
| WOW! |
Vamplified Should write a book. An amazing story of transformation and enlightenment. Thank You "Vamplified" for sharing this.
|Posted By Vamplified|
| Launched by Calamity |
Ca·lam·i·ty [kuh-lam-i-tee] noun, 1. a great misfortune or disaster, as a flood or serious injury. Interesting, when the recession hit, not only was my income cut in half overnight, my independent record producing budget was wiped out! Walking around in a state of dazed confusion while shopping at the 99 cents store just to keep my head above water was only the beginning. During this, a flood of thoughts came so quickly that I could not write them all down. This went on for 4 days. Strangely, it was as if someone had narrated it to me in Cajun tongue yet I was alone. A month later, the Gulf Oil Spill hit. After 2 years of development, I anticipate the completion of a music cookbook series this month.
|Posted By joe|
| hervorragend |
I've followed and read your blogs for ages michael and this one is one of the very best.. whether we come to get inspired or think we have what it takes to inspire we are in our element here.. to fight on, carry on, endure on - whatever, this tops up my tank.. a big thanks :-)
|Posted By Aaron Wolfson|
| Clam Enmity |
Definition: "Clam," - a wrong note played. Defintion: "Clam Enmity," - Inspired by this to play the right notes. ;-)
|Posted By mark|
| It's all about effort, nothing else |
Massive effort is what's needed, not ideas and just going through the motions. Do it despite the odds as an artist. So what if you fail. get back up.
|Posted By Russel P Brown|
| Stephen tolded me too check you out |
I like what I see
|Posted By diana|
|Posted By Teena|
| A little of everything |
Yeah...it seems I have alittle of all the comments posted so far and my times to survives I am using as an excuse to not deal with the confusions...but just letting life go by and my passions stay boxed up inside...
|Posted By Angela|
| stopped by calamity |
Hello Mr. Dolan, all you have written is true. I subscribed to your blog after reading the one on "Art".. It has moved me and my art which I have more than one to new highs. My drive to create in my world has open pathways and new people who see my passion.I don't do what I do because "you want it". I do it for me and somewhere along the way "they want it".. I believe all artists know the things you speak, we get into our heads to much and yes fears, doubt, and the chase for the dollar or lack of it stops us. As everyone before has said, you can never give up! If you do, it was not your passion in the first place, or you have out grown it, or maybe it needs be reformulated- the original dream that gave you passion. The chase for money can never be satisfied if we are doing it for fame and fortune. What makes one truly rich is living a life full of passion, joy and honesty to ourselves - noone else, doing what is at the core of our heart desires. All blessings will flow.. Allow your life to do what it does best- move on it's own, enjoy the ride!
|Posted By Luigi Cappel|
| Another Great Blog |
This was as all your blogs seem to be, timely. The problem isn't about making money from music, its about having enough time left over after working full time including several early mornings and late evenings, having quality family time, getting a rest and sleep and finding time for music study, writing, learning and practicing and performing. Having to earn money for a living elsewhere means less time for my craft. I don't write songs to make money, but if I could make an equivalent living meaning more time doing what I love the most, I would be so much happier.
|Posted By Rusty J|
| Especially Inspirational |
Tom, As I sit here at Starbucks sipping my morning $1.50 cup of coffee in Burbank; while I scan over a notepad full of creative and business related tasks to carry out today... I gave this blog a quick read and I must say... in a run-on sentence... THIS BLOG WAS ESPECIALLY INSPIRATIONAL SIR! Well done and thank you, Rusty J www.iloverustyj.com
|Posted By Rachel|
| Calamity with sauce... |
Pressing the bread, makes it rise. Moving waters always find a path... Thank you Michael, I really enjoy these encouraging reads. Rachel
|Posted By Todd|
| Art & Money |
I feel that this mostly has to do with the need to "make a living" from your art, which is actually an ego trip. Seems a bit like thinking that the world should pay you for loving your spouse and kids. What human being doesn't dream of having the life style they want, without having to do anything that they don't want to do to get it. I am a musician who has been playing about 20 years. I perform more than ever at this point. I feel that I am at an artistic high point, and recieve a great deal of love and respect for what I do. I am nowhere near making a living at music. Frankly, I can see that I avoid alot of the marketing, because I simply don't want to do it. I want to make music. I have met alot of artists who seem to think that because of there "special" talent, they shouldn't have to be submitted to what everyone else has to go through. I've also met enough talented people to know that talent is not all that special. As you said in the first place, art is about satisfying our own souls. Making money is about satisfying other peoples desires. Rarely do the two come together. Do you go around paying people to do what THEY want to do? Even if you support other artists, you choose what YOU like and if the artist decides to change thier style (which most creative people eventually do), they are likely to loose you and other fans. Almost all known artists have made great sacrifices in other areas of thier lives, sometimes to the point of death. Even if you're famous and have alot of money, is it really "making a living" if you develope a terrible drug habit, can't get along with other people, etc. We may be able to point to a few individuals who seem to have it all. But if you think that this is how your life is "supposed" to turn out, you should probably just go buy a lottery ticket.
|Posted By Ron|
| Victimization |
“But when the entrepreneur is bleeding money and the artist can no longer buy art supplies it's a sad day indeed.” I think there is a tendency to gravitate toward victimization in tough times. For some, hardship fuels their creative fires even higher. Be the visionary you were meant to be. Keep your momentum and stay true to yourself. Good things will inevitably come.
|Posted By Doug McKechnie|
| Stopped By Calamity |
"Just do the work." The gestalt effect from just starting to do the work stimulates the brain and heart. It's the most intoxicating situ there is. Thank you J Michael for your energy and thought.
|Posted By The Shamed :-(|
| for Kevin. True for Me! |
I read this somewhere long time ago: "...If you don't take care (use) of your Blessings (your Muse), It will become a Karma (your own heavy cross)... a Really bad one."
|Posted By Glen|
| Theo |
You can't really talk about Vincent VG without talking about his brother and patron, Theo. Many artists have terrible heads for money and business, but a head bursting with brilliant ideas otherwise. Historically, there have been patrons who understand the value of art in culture and are willing to provide the means for artists to pursue their work with minimal distraction. The music business had, for a brief time, the means to serve as proxy for this function for a few lucky artists. We are comfortable subsidizing art which is no longer financially viable (classical, jazz etc.), but for some reason anything even resembling pop music must compete entirely in the open market, and is not recognized as art at all. Art has, in the modern world, always required patronage. It is our failure as a society to have ceased to recognize this. Yes - the artist has to be focused and keep standing up again, regardless of how often they have been knocked down. You just can't forget Theo in this equation - there is no Vincent without him.
|Posted By Derik|
| indeed |
I live this way everyday of my life, money comes and goes, my purpose does not. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. More can be learned about myself @ www.reverbnation.com/derikschumachermusic or www.ourstage.com/profile/derikschumacher Remember always broke does not mean always broken!
|Posted By Beth|
| Paranoia |
I was inspired early this morning. Writing a new song & posted the lyric on-line. I was writing the song in the comment boxes as I went along. A friend of mine from Holland started freaking out: Are those your lyrics. Don't post your work on-line? People might see it, hear it, steal it. He was so worried. Yes, I thought, people might hear it, steal it, & ... like it. And if they steal it, I hope they give me appropriate credit, or at least become really famous. And after all, I have 4,000 witnesses. Paranoia kills the muses, they much prefer exposure.
|Posted By Scott|
| Means to an end? |
I love many of your blogs but have to ask, whomever promised that being an artist, being creative or entrepreneurial, or even achieving success in these endeavors guarantees a happy life? Artistic, creative people create because they must, not because it is a means to any end. They will continually find a way to express themselves despite the challenges. Sometimes following their muse actually causes personal pain in other respects but still, they can't stop even if they wanted to. If obstacles can really stop someones process, I suggest that they need to ask themselves the question of whether or not they truly had anything to say in the first place. I know that it sounds harsh, but think about it.
|Posted By Desiree Robertson|
| Thank you! |
Thank you for the encouragement. Love reading your blog. d
|Posted By Mattia|
| stopped by calamity |
Yeah, harsh times. For me, are the stupid little things, burocracy-made, that always weaken me, and drive me crazy. But never give up. "there's no way to dawn but through the night" said poet K.Gibran Thanks for your blog
|Posted By Tracey and Vance Marino|
| RE: It's All About Persistence |
Hi J. Michael, We enjoy your blog! Many times we'd ask ourselves, "Why should we keep going in this crazy business?" We wanted to quit more times than we could count. But we kept on going, and FINALLY, just in the past 15 months, things "suddenly" started happening after 7 long years of almost nothing. No one ever said it’s easy to earn your living as an artist, composer, musician, etc. But those little victories along the way can be sweet. Three years ago, we decided to have a business lunch every Friday to celebrate each success, no matter how small. And sometimes we had to scrape up $3.50 just to buy two Costco hotdogs. But this past year (especially after a recent Disney movie placement), we had some doors open and we were able to splurge and have our weekly “Victory Celebration” at a fancy restaurant that we'd always wanted to go to but couldn't afford. It's all about setting priorities and being persistent. Several years ago, we asked a very successful songwriter, “How did you do it?” He said simply, “You don’t quit.” So, this became our motto: "Quitters never win, and winners never quit." Keep writing! Tracey and Vance Marino
|Posted By Kathleen Blackwell|
| Stopped By Calamity |
I completely agree with you. It reminds me of a time I was in full-fledge creative mode, and I had locked myself out of my second story apartment in Hollywood. Nobody else was home at the time to let me in. Frustrated, because I had just returned from Kinko's to finish a project on a Saturday afternoon, I did not let that stop me. I searched in the underground parking area and found buckets, a chair, an old ladder (probably belonged to the building)... and I built a "slippery-slope" tower to crawl up to the second story window (cracked open) to scoot myself inside. I immediately resumed my creative quest--it was a glorious moment and it has made all the difference. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
|Posted By Kevin|
| Hitting your head on the wall |
Whoaaaaaa! But financially surviving has left me NO time for my creativity. Then I took another look at what "surviving" is. Driving my Beemer? Exotic vacations? Buying one more thing, one more thing. Then why am I looking at a blank mirror and feeling empty inside right now? You're right. I gave up. I am going to re-evaluate.
|Posted By Olivia|
| stopped by calamity |
Dear J.Michael, I can identify with Tom AND the egghead. I have hit that wall and given up a few times, thinking, should I do my creative thing OR this thing that helps me survive. Surely the most creative thing we can ever do is make money to survive without abandoning creativity. Let's do both.