THE LONG RUN (Read time 0:39)
In the old world, the big impossible dream was to make a record, get it into the hands of an A&R person, fasten your seatbelt and “hopefully” blast off to the stars. Today the chances of that happening are non-existent because that o’l worn out, antique formula has reluctantly retired. Besides, the result of that illusion left too many great artists frustrated, angry and broke. In the new world, the big impossible dream is a much smarter one: quit your day job and make a decent living doing your art full time—for the rest of your life! If your ship blasts to the stars that’s great, but if it doesn’t, you’ll still be very content raising your family, buying your house and living the life of a crazy, genius artist. The chances of this impossible dream working out are very, very good—so long as you simply follow your brain instead of your ego. Here’s the new formula: work smarter and grow slower. It’s no longer about getting rich quick; it’s about creating great art, and building a career that lasts a lifetime.
“Well, we're scared, but we ain't shakin'
|Posted By Tom Ghent|
| The Long Run.... |
At least today, if you're selling records, you know about it.....In the old days, if you weren't burning up the charts, the record companies told you that they "couldn't give your record away", and proceeded to sell them in foreign countries and hope you'd never find out about it !!!!!
|Posted By Rachel|
| Finding my way home... |
Hi Michael!! Thank you so much for your great words and who you are! I am so happy today. I painted a picture for a local project that I will submit soon...It made me so happy ...to finish it, to use the talents for the better good!! I get to create, and your blogs have been very encouraging..Thank you so much! We are all made for a place in this Universe... Rachel
|Posted By Jam|
| R&F |
I can't seem to shake the desire to be rich & famous. I still hold that as my impossible dream. BUT if I never reach that goal I'll still be the happiest guy in the world because I have a great family and I get to make a living as a crazy actor!
|Posted By Kris|
| real thing |
Just watched the movie Drive and now listening to the title track 'Real Hero'. The film is a wonderful example of letting go of everything but the drive to experience life and to love. No money, no material BS. Just the drive to be a real human being. I remember sitting with my dear friend, an amazing artist who surrounded himself with every instrument imaginable, poetry, literature, you name it...completely self-taught... and amazing. I remember sitting with him twenty years ago and realizing that your life could be of your choosing, regardless of your economic or social position. Through that realization I knew that following my dream and pursuing art would be the only life worth living. It's been nearly twenty years and my art has flourished. Thanks Michael for being a direct part of the tribe.
|Posted By Yochanan Sebastian Winston|
| The Long Run |
You seem to have a prophetic gene too. This was exactly what I needed to hear. Thanks for the encouragement. Back to work, sorry, I gotta go!
|Posted By Don|
| the long road |
Not many in the past game got rich quick anyway--kinda like the lottery! Most of us are in for the long haul. Either way, we don't abandon our art, do we? Our art, our music, our entrepreneurial spirit---pick one for your identity. And pop the bubble on the getting rich quick scheme---yes---I agree, well said---it's a long run!!!! Very encouraging. We can all take a deep breath now!!!