ARTISTS vs. ENTREPRENEURS (Read time 1:03)
If you’re a regular reader of my blogs & stories, you know I’m a huge advocate for artists & entrepreneurs. That’s because in my world they’re much the same. Perhaps you’re an artist who creates music, acts, paints, designs, writes, scores films, shoots pictures or lives backstage. OR you’re an entrepreneur who runs a corp, manifests a vision, launches a start up, leads a staff or makes tough (frightening) economic decisions. Either way, you both dwell in the land of uncertainty & risk, and you both have to use creativity & innovation to negotiate your way through it! That’s not all...
- A songwriter composes the music she hears in her head.
- A painter prepares a canvas for his next artistic expression.
- A writer processes words that educate and entertain.
- A singer nervously stands in front of his audience and shares his soul.
Neither one would last long in a regular 9-5 job because both have a relentless Muse and an untamable creative spirit, that they simply MUST follow. And unlike others, A&E’s have a unique ability to devise, create, invent, fabricate, formulate, manifest and cook-up ways to make a buck. Not to mention their free-spirited nature and often cocky independence.
That said, if our economic world ever crashes, it will be the crazy, genius artists & entrepreneurs who will survive to inspire us and point the way out of the rubble and into the light.
Which one are you?
|Posted By Vallin|
| Thoroughbred Racing Chaser |
As a singer-performer I'm never "nervous", but more like a racehorse stamping at the gate and chomping on the bit. "C'MON...Let's go space truckin'!" (Deep Purple) BTW...any suggestions for a Gail Wynand to my Howard Roark, a Brian Epstien to my Paul McCartney, a Peter Grant to my Led Zeppelin, a Col. Tom Parker to my ELVIS?
|Posted By Chico Fernandez|
| A&E |
Keep up the good work Michael. Your blogs are important and inspirational.
|Posted By wichampi|
| arts and administration |
Two opposing planets ! The sheer enjoyment and passion when creating a song,later playing it and sharing the moment with musicians and audience rekindles and nourishes the soul. Pushing,prodding and having to do all those "mean nasty ugly things" (old expression) to promote ,is for me, a nightmare.Promoting is another art. Not my bag. Important to recognize our talents and our weaker points....so let the managers manage and the composers compose. Amen !
|Posted By Theuns Kruger|
| Can one be both? |
I am a trained graphic artist and illustrator, and that is my job. I have worked in advertising, publishing and I now specialize in infographics in mainstream media. But my passion is making music. I have built a little studio at home and bought all the instruments and equipment that I needed. Now I still have my 'day job' in media, but I've actually done three jingles for TV commercials and have provided the soundtrack of a TV documentary by donating 30 songs for free. I also compile two free online motorsport magazines in my spare time, and it almost doubles my regular income. If you have the talents, and you're willing to work hard, you can make them work for you AND you can live out your passion!
|Posted By Matt|
Thank you Joe for speaking up! And Bjorn, your argument limits the scope of the dream to that ONE brain, which is fine if that's what you want. Here's the challenge: your E brain makes all the money. Your A brain burns it on the art. Then, some will have the nerve to judge you for your lack of productivity with your A brain while your E brain has exhausted all your energy. DIY will create a broader industry, but it lacks vertically. DIY does more to flatline the art industry. I'm starting to lose faith in the BIG dreams, feeling sad for the BIG dreamers and shedding tears for the increase of unknown art lost in all the DIY noise. The real sadness of a world economic crash is that DIY didn't teach us to work together
|Posted By Bjorn|
| artist entrepeneur |
This is a day of enlightenment and I hail you (Sir) Michael for granting me this insight. An ongoing struggle between the A and the E is that too often A is dreamin away miles and miles down the road in the countryside while E is down the block in the vibrant city with its many distractions. But then again....we do have two legs and two sides of our brain - even two chambers in our hearts so everything is possible I guess. Thanx again.
|Posted By joe|
| artist all the way |
with all due respect I have to disagree about artists having to be business people nowdays.. what has art ever had to do with business? van gogh died poor.. if he'd made it big through business would that have made him better or more famous? business wants to tell art what to do..what the aritsit has to create.. otherwise it won't sell.. so artists lose their individuality.. their vision.. their integrity.. any true artist doesn't have time or interest in making money off his/her art.. in fact if something sells it most likely isn't art.. there are exceptions certainly but art by definition isn't money oriented.. art is pure.. art has soul.. art is most often sacrifice.. no compromise.. do the right thing..
|Posted By Woody Woodham|
| songwriter |
oh yes I'm not a songwriter anymore I am a song developer.
|Posted By randy|
| crazy |
I especially love the very last sentence... gives me hope because it is true.
|Posted By mark|
| A VS. ENTR's |
Artists have no choice in this day and age other than to become business people. If we don't we'll be screwed. Don't depend on the government,your job or your parents or friends to get you through tough times. If you need a job still, work it while you're working on your music industry dreams. Very few of us can do without a safety net of a job while we still work to achieve our music dreams. So get to work.
|Posted By Matt|
| Let Us Whisper Now - You and I |
“There was once a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. And even more than a whisper and it would vanish. It was so fragile. And I fear that it will not survive the winter. Let us whisper now. Together. You and I.” (Gladiator movie) It’s a difficult challenge to balance a life as an entrepreneur and an artist. One cannot always be loyal to the other. We talk of such things when we should only whisper. And do we truly understand these topics? If we do, then we seek peace in accepting the consequences of our choices. One thing’s for sure: courage is needed to choose with the information that is currently at hand.
|Posted By Jeannie|
| Thank you, J Michael |
Very, very well said! Thank you so much for that. Love your blogs!
|Posted By Ron Potter|
Michael - I just wanted to say that I enjoy reading your blogs. They are always insightful. Thank you!
|Posted By Daniel Gaughan|
| Artist Entrepreneur |
I wanna be an artist so I'm gonna figure out the other part. Unemployed with two job leads. I just bought a portable pa/amp and am gonna sink or swim. This email helped me decide. I'm told by someone I love that I see signs and notice them but never act on them. I'd forgotten, in all these years on the planet, to put my order in with the universe as to what I want. I'm placing it now. Thanks J. Michael. The internet is so great!
|Posted By Mica Lee Williams|
| Love this one |
Effective analogies that I will take with me and use. And I too caught the conscious choice of neutral gender choices. Thanks for sharing your insights, Mr. Dolan!
|Posted By Rich Pulin|
| Artist/Entre-P |
For years I've stated that the hardest part of the process occurs after one has written the great song! Now what? Certainly a psychic publisher will find you and be clamoring for that tune...right? Before the internet, it was next to impossible! Now its a little bit easier, but not much! If you write 'American Songbook' type material, placing songs with quality/responsible sources is very difficult, as it is for serious instrumental compositions! Lots of energy, chutzpah, follow-through, follow-up etc..we've got it! Sorry Beyonce....we don't 'put a ring on it' The 'bidness' is controlled and manipulated by the reps of 'the dark ones'....if you write the crap played on the radio 24/7 they'll be happy to make a deal!
|Posted By Jazzd|
| It takes two |
Great Article ! Thank you - I recently took the time to read each blog as it comes in no matter how busy. I especially like the ones where the creative mixes with the entrepreneurs. If you're lucky enough to be both, it can be challenging as you'll always have to consider both entities but I love it.
|Posted By Jonathan Wilson|
| Rhetorical question |
Both. To survive, one has to have the goods and be able to market the goods. How that is done can be unique to each situation and that may take a while to find that niche. (If you knew how long it would really take for that day in the sun, you would likely quit) Oh, yeah, no quitting allowed!! Each day is a new shot. Yesterday is gone forever. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Give it your best shot today because that is all there really is.
|Posted By Rockerchic|
| ARTIST: Designer, Musician, Painter and Writer |
I love it all. Thanks for your insights!!!
|Posted By Robbin Michael Wagner|
| Artists and Entrepreneurs |
Today, I was labeled an "Inflexible Bohemian with a Great Vision for Art!" Due to the fact that I am an independent filmmaker that requires steadfastness, it sounds like someone just called me an Artist & Entrepreneur. :)
|Posted By Aaron Wolfson|
| ARTIST & ENTREPRENEUR |
First of all, I want to thank you Michael for being so wonderfully tuned into, and articulate in your expressing the true path in life that brings us to the best of everything in heaven and on earth. I am a man who is blessed to be successful as an artist and as a entrepreneur. Both are creative activities. The more stabile you have your administration, the further out into the creative universe you can venture. And this brings great fortune to everyone. Thank you! Aaron Wolfson - pro guitarist / artist / inventor
|Posted By Rachel|
| Gently trickeling path... |
HI MICHAEL! Water running where it wills... finds a way to move; brings life to all that it encounters...and life..after all..is possible. Have a wonderful day Michael.:-) Rachel
|Posted By Gunnar|
| A&E |
I'm definitely BOTH, It's a cruel world within my realm and having no agent/marketer/manager to utilize and succeed with these mixed, parallel talents, the inner and outer struggles continue...
|Posted By Kingvegas|
| A & E |
I'm both. They're one in the same in my opinion. In order to be financially successful you need to be inspired, creative, and relentless. Sounds artistic!
|Posted By Soni Carrington|
| Artist or entrepreneur |
Fortunately but unfortunately I am both torn between both worlds:))
|Posted By Myra|
| War! |
Yes, but sometimes I wage war with my entrepreneurial agent cause she focuses on profit and I focus on the expression of my art. How do we meet in the middle?
|Posted By Sylvia|
| Gender Balance |
First, thank you for the “hers” and the “she’s.” I am both a songwriter and an entrepreneur of my songs, so I completely relate.
|Posted By Hank Bank|
| Partners |
I am an artist and hire my agent (entrepreneur) to promote my art, so we are partners and appreciate each others contribution.