ARTISTS RULE! (read time 1:23) Saturday Night Live Producer Lorne Michaels once said: “They don’t call it “Show Art” they call it “Show Business,” and he was right...at the time. But not anymore! More then ever showbiz today is less about the industry manipulating the artist and more about the artist owning their career. However, the biggest problem that faces most artists today is not the constraints or deceptions of a transforming industry, the biggest challenge that faces most artists today is freedom!    Used to be that artists were beholding to the tower for everything, from balancing the books to promoting the show. And the truth is, that made life easier, freeing artists to concentrate on their art, and leave the left-brain responsibilities to the company (who in turn, screwed the artist out of millions). Fact is, artists today now have total autonomy and freedom to assemble their own management/marketing team and design their own destiny (I.E. Adele). That’s bad news for the o'l time gate keepers who continue to resist the technology of the day, and good news for the artist who embraces the “new showbiz” with intelligence, confidence and rigor. There are so many opportunities and possibilities for talented, creative, artists & entrepreneurs today, that there’s only one person to blame for not making a decent career of it—because you can no longer continue to blame an archaic, antiquated system. For pity's sake, you’re sitting right in front of a device that’s connected to the entire world! Are you using it to produce your product, share your art, exploit your talent and educate yourself? Or are you the victim of procrastination; still kvetching that “technology is not your thing,” waiting for the industry of the past to magically manifest your dreams of the future?Thank God for the intelligent, creative artists & entrepreneurs today, because the banker, financier or investor cannot produce a movie, a record, a book, a television commercial, or even a You Tube video without them. If nothing else know this: extraordinary talent and jaw-dropping, innovative projects rule the roost today, and if you’re smart...if you employ all of the available tools of modern technology, and if you surround yourself with a trusted team of astute advisors and committed coaches, you do have a shot at achieving your impossible dream.
J Michael Dolan

ARTISTS RULE! (read time 1:23)

Saturday Night Live Producer Lorne Michaels once said: “They don’t call it “Show Art” they call it “Show Business,” and he was right...at the time. But not anymore! More then ever showbiz today is less about the industry manipulating the artist and more about the artist owning their career. However, the biggest problem that faces most artists today is not the constraints or deceptions of a transforming industry, the biggest challenge that faces most artists today is freedom!
   
Used to be that artists were beholding to the tower for everything, from balancing the books to promoting the show. And the truth is, that made life easier, freeing artists to concentrate on their art, and leave the left-brain responsibilities to the company (who in turn, screwed the artist out of millions). Fact is, artists today now have total autonomy and freedom to assemble their own management/marketing team and design their own destiny (I.E. Adele). That’s bad news for the o'l time gate keepers who continue to resist the technology of the day, and good news for the artist who embraces the “new showbiz” with intelligence, confidence and rigor. There are so many opportunities and possibilities for talented, creative, artists & entrepreneurs today, that there’s only one person to blame for not making a decent career of it—because you can no longer continue to blame an archaic, antiquated system. For pity's sake, you’re sitting right in front of a device that’s connected to the entire world! Are you using it to produce your product, share your art, exploit your talent and educate yourself? Or are you the victim of procrastination; still kvetching that “technology is not your thing,” waiting for the industry of the past to magically manifest your dreams of the future?

Thank God for the intelligent, creative artists & entrepreneurs today, because the banker, financier or investor cannot produce a movie, a record, a book, a television commercial, or even a You Tube video without them. If nothing else know this: extraordinary talent and jaw-dropping, innovative projects rule the roost today, and if you’re smart...if you employ all of the available tools of modern technology, and if you surround yourself with a trusted team of astute advisors and committed coaches, you do have a shot at achieving your impossible dream.

COMMENTS


Posted By Zackota Micho
Artist Rule
Whole Europe has a restirctive schoolsystem. There in Germany or Italy you need to be intelligent like if you want to be a doctor. You need to have a lot of A's in Highschool. If you are not in Highschool and have the wrong parents you are kept away from learning film making and will not be able to go into the film industry. That hinders to have more people making films or any other form of art. One reason then to emigrate to America, but ideas and stories might quite often steming from European reality so an American reality is then like rape. My thing is to go into politic and have this changed. I have it enough that old Europe has still his old ways in oppressing his people and telling what they should do and not do. No one has the right to do that and it is our home and the people and artist who went to America actually harmed us, because they did not fight. They did not tell other family members that is ok to do art and learn art. My oncle went to Los Angeles he is a very talented paint artist for example. My mother got at times so psychotic that she destroit our pictures espechially Betty's who choose to stay as a paint artist.


Posted By zackota micho
Freedom to do Art
You wrote about a problem I will perhaps discover in a view years when ever. I am from Germany and there in hte 70's and 80's we had no change to do art. We were forbidden by our parents to do art professioanlly. I was paid Ballett lessons and was the best and my mother was too lazy later on to drive me to the right school in a far away town. Well she paid for it, a person with lots of talents as well. When we started to paint, I wanted to become a fashion or any sort of designer she loved and put me into hairdressing which has nothing to do with me. Is art as well but too close on people. We had a house with a garden to a forest, we had massive space and we could have done art and not go into classic professions non of us ever liked or did afterwards. Today I advie the German way to do learn 2 professions, to keep the German system and still learn your art. Is hard but in rich countries like Germany where espechially in the 80's we would have not need that. We were able to get any job and earn a proper wage and it was safe. These days with all the foreigners you have to fight for these standards. I went to London to do music and film, which means to learn it first of all and there in uni one of my film was stolen. There was racism and kids do not want to work with me as and they never got punished. I do have quite some talent so is annoying. On earning money and doing music shows, this is what I plan. I find if I have been on stage at least 10 to 20 times and no manager has contacted me as I believe will happen he will be a real stupid idiot. If I make it, there will be just the existent big names out there and no one else. In hte meantime we will finance our music ourselfs and I wonder if I get with the time to go on big gestivals and shows. I will find out.


Posted By STREET SPIRIT
Art & Education
As a student, hip hop artist, and small business owner, I find myself exhausted from trying to get my music career in focus. I study media arts, because I've embraced modern time and realized I can create my own websites, graphics, videos/films, apps, and ultimately my own destiny. Great songwriting skills mixed with a media art education will put the industry in the palm of my hands. Thanks for this post, I'm energized to hang in there and make something of myself.


Posted By CrASH Davis
It's over
I'm sure glad Joel didn't go for the 500 words 'cause he sounds pissed! And I believe rightly so. He made some good points and he echos what you've been saying all along Michael, that the day of the artist has finally arrived, and broke or not we will prevail. I'm also glad that Joel shot one over to Stephen, who I think meant to insult us with his "cry baby" comment. either way, the days of greed and deception are over for the big guns in the music biz.


Posted By Dan Warren
Thank You Again Michael Dolan.
Thank You Again Michael Dolan. California's Best! Dan Warren / Liquid Planet


Posted By Stephen Plym
ARTISTS NEED GOOD DIRECTION TO HAVE A SHOT AT WINNING.
I have been in the entertainment business for 30 years as an agent, manager, promoter. Of course there are excellent artists with lots of good business savy. On the other hand, there are many more fine artists that are also self-indulgent cry-babies and want it all their own way. Then when they refuse to take advice and direction and end up failing....they balme agents and managers for letting them down. And then....it's too late!


Posted By Leopold Nu Nan
thanks
you inspire me!


Posted By Gunnar
Artists
I still believe in realistic notions; like easier said than done! Yes we have more options and technology and people are being discovered from youtube clips but reality can still bite your ass! I can't focus on my creative paths for success because I'm battling so many other things that take precedent first; like bills! I need to make good money QUICK in order to relax and focus on my true endeavors but in today's standards it's MUCH HARDER to find high paying tolerable work for anyone! Let alone with a bi-polar neurotic right-brainded mindset, so life will ALWAYS have a catch 22 and NEVER be easier in any phase of the trends, bla!


Posted By Rachel
Artists Rule
WOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Rachel


Posted By Terje Lie
Artists Rule
Yeah, What you're outlining has been working for me. Good blog! Terje Lie http://terjelie.com


Posted By Woody Woodham
Awesome
Yeah if you got the goods it can go viral but I can't help but wonder if there's an exception. Say you got the goods and it doesn't go viral because you can't payoff Youtube to put it in their promotional q or something?


Posted By Vernon
impossible?
I wish you hadn't said that our deams are impossibe. You ended the blog with an unsettling bad omen. After all of your encouragement you planted the idea that our dreams are not possibe. Maybe it was a Freudian slip.

Response from Michael: No Freudian slip Vernon. In my world, a dream is not worth going for unless it’s impossible. And a project is not worth investing in unless it’s a “MISSION!” That’s because in my world, ANYTHING is possible! 



Posted By Claire Rice
No Stops
Response to Yelena: There's never enough time or money. As for "luck" it's an over rated myth. There have been plenty of superstars that have made it, who never had time, money or luck to begin with. I'm building my career slowly for the long haul, and I don't care about the time or money.


Posted By Yelena Eckemoff
Wait a minute...
And what about the budget? Does it mean that the artist should be a millionaire or at least substantially reach - to substitute the Show-Business financial capabilities? And what about time? How in the world an artist could do all the work himself/herself and produce the actual art - worthy of being promoted - at the same time?.. Maybe possible, but only for a very few lucky ones.


Posted By Biff
Irving
If Irving Berlin read this he would re-write his lyrics: "There's no ART like show ART."


Posted By Loren Benmont
Agree!
It's scary to build a (trustworthy) team, and at the same time, inspiring to watch Adele mastermind her own destiny. She is really in control of her future! And ultimately I'm in it for the long haul. i don't want to find out I was screwed by some publisher or record company when I'm 50! I want to be sure I have the most ownership of my work. Does that make sense?


Posted By Milo
Art vs Biz
From Michael: I never thought about adding more read time for 2nd run-throughs! Good idea.

Dear JMD, whoa, I had to read this one a few times, bringing my read time to 4:07.Well, I've always identified myself as an artist with no business savvy whatsoever. But now I have the freedom NOT to kvetch? (which I always loved and would miss) but to take hold of the technology of the day. Sounds like I'm in the driver's seat instead of the passenger seat, where I could drift off without my manager/driver getting off course.It's scary, It's exciting. I have to chew on this awhile.....


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• STAYING POWER (Read time 0:47)
• 0:20 SECONDS OF INSANE COURAGE (Read time 0:51)
• GRASS (Read time 0:41)
• WITH BLOODY FINGERS I WRITE ON (read time 0:27)
• I'LL DO ANYTHING BUT THAT! (Read time 0:47)
• ASS ON THE LINE (Read time 1:37)
• MARKETING BLUES (Read time 0:47)
• THE LONG RUN (Read time 0:39)
• CREATIVITY TO THE RESCUE (Read time 2:07)
• THE RACER'S EDGE (Read time 0:41)
• NO WAY NO HOW! (Read time 0:27)
• THE SMART MONEY (Read time 0:25)
• YOU’RE CRAZY! (Read time 1:19)
• DANCING WITH YOUR DEVOTEES (Read time 0:39)
• LIBERTY!
• NO DOUBT (Read time 1:17)
• WHAT EVER YOU DO, DON'T TURN AROUND (read time :39)

2011 Posts:
• GRAND FINALE!
• 2-DOZEN WAYS TO MAKE 2012 BETTER!
• DEAR PRUDENCE (read time :43)
• COMPLAIN ALL YOU WANT! (read time :23)
• IMAGINE (read time :57)
• WEEKENDS (read time :33)
• PIXAR LETTER (read time 1:03)
• RESISTANCE CAN KILL (read time 1:37)
• AMATEURS vs. PROS (read time :57)
• REQUIEM FOR A HONEYMOON (read time 1:09)
• CAN YOU FEEL IT? (read time 1:47)
• BRANCUSI'S VICTORY CRY  (read time :57)
• SAIL AWAY (read time :43)
• ARTISTS RULE! (read time 1:23)
• USE IT OR LOSE IT (read time :53)
• START HERE (read time 1:27)
• UNCERTAINTY (read time 1:19)
• STOPPED BY CALAMITY (read time 1:37)
• ART (read time :57)
• AUDACIOUS & UNSTOPPABLE (read time 2:37)
• WRITERS BLOCK (read time 1:47)
• BLOW AWAY DISTRACTIONS (read time :31)
• WAY OF THE CREATIVE WARRIOR (read time :27)
• GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53)
• CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23)
• DEADLINE OR DIE! (read time 1:53)
• THE WIZARDS CLOCK (Read time :47)
• CREATIVE PRIVACY (read time :43)
• THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13)
• READY, SET, GO! (read time :47)
• EVE OF DISTRACTION (read time 1:29)
• KEEP YOUR FEET UP! (read time 1:09)
• JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57)
• MY MUSE DOESN'T CARE (read time :39)
• MISUNDERSTOOD (read time 1:19)
• DUMP IT! (read time 1:19)
• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)