LEGWORK (Read time 0:15) Back in the day, artists were victims of an industry that was only concerned about snatching up as much of their earnings as they could get. At the same time, entrepreneurs were slaves to a marketing system that used coercion and pressure to promote their products & services. Today, there are so many more opportunities for creating, promoting and distributing your art & commerce then ever before in history. However, finding and utilizing those opportunities is mostly hampered by procrastination, distraction, resistance, ego, and an unwillingness to do the necessary legwork. Are you resisting the legwork?
J Michael Dolan

LEGWORK (Read time 0:15)

Back in the day, artists were victims of an industry that was only concerned about snatching up as much of their earnings as they could get. At the same time, entrepreneurs were slaves to a marketing system that used coercion and pressure to promote their products & services. Today, there are so many more opportunities for creating, promoting and distributing your art & commerce then ever before in history. However, finding and utilizing those opportunities is mostly hampered by procrastination, distraction, resistance, ego, and an unwillingness to do the necessary legwork.

Are you resisting the legwork?

COMMENTS


Posted By Rachel
Free
I heard Stevie Wonder say once that not too many people are free...but that he was working on it...Being an artist, working at what I love is energizing for me.. I am always creating.and...if I make a buck or two at it ...well that's even better!:-) Have a great day! Rachel


Posted By Jeannie
legwork
My problem is not "not doing the legwork". It's mostly simply not knowing what to do next. No matter what I try, I seem to be "hitting and missing" more than anything else. I'm happy to do the legwork. I just wish it would come to something.


Posted By Matt
Well said...
...but it's still reciprocal. I need to make money off my art (my love). I don't want to continue "loving" someone (art) who is naturally ugly to begin with (which we all are) and doesn't show "love" in return. To do that will only burn me out till I have nothing to provide for my future and for the future of my loved ones. I'm "loving" my art to my best capacity, and that's all we can ever expect from each other. My lover (art) needs to give a little more in return. I do love myself, but I love my wife and children even more. If I had to, I would die for them. My unconditional love is for my family, and I love BIG families.


Posted By Erik Jacobsen
To Matt
If you learn to love yourself, you will find that you will let your light shine and love others unconditionally with no need or expectations for their love in return. You will also find that You are indeed loved by those you love the most <3


Posted By Ron
Thanks!
Very cool idea Jason


Posted By Jason
Stuck
I often get stuck after I finish a project: Now what? I don't feel the need for management, and I hire producers and engineers as needed, however I'm starting to think I need some help, or a partner going forward. Hmmmmm...


Posted By Matt
It's Reciprocal
I resist releasing my art to the world not because I won't do the legwork... it's because I have a hard time finding what there is to love about this ugly existence. All the know-it-alls, the ignorance, the emphasis on meaningless things that fade away with time... it's an ugly world. If I have a hard time finding what to love, I will have a hard time releasing my art. Love my ugliness, and I will love the world's ugliness back with my art. It's reciprocal. It's a love affair. My art is for those who love me, and I will love them in return. If you don't love me, you likely won't get my art. Sorry. You're not worth it.


Posted By Sjames
Resistance
So I am NOT alone?


Posted By suzahn fiering
procrastination
I'd love to procrastinate, but I keep putting it off!


Posted By Tim Catching
Resistance and Youth
It seems the older I get, the easier it becomes to resist. I hear a new band on the radio, and assume that they're no good, mainstream B.S.! To look back in retrospect and realize that this resistance against the new, was keeping me behind in the old, allows me to now accept the change inevitable, and stay young and excited for the rest of my days, so help me God!!


Posted By Nancy Nevins
response
Now artists are victimizing themselves like the industry did to them-- kidding themselves sometimes, and lying to each other. Some things never change. Whether its self or an outside force, being fooled by ego is as old as time.


Posted By Keith
Resistance
I agree with everything that you are saying about resisting and I would like to think that I am open to the new way of communicating, but for some reason I just donít seem to get the traffic that I require. I still sell but I would have thought that I would have increased my sale much more, considering that the playing field has so called been levelled and we all have access to a world market. What I have noticed is that online distributions seem to stay within their own local area. If they distribute within Europe that is where they tend to sell the music forgetting about Russia and Africa, but the USA seem to be more globally aggressive at getting to places that Europeans distribution seem to shy away from.


Posted By Kingvegas
Legwork...
I believe that procrastination is like action paralysis. I find myself putting off activities that seem difficult and filling that time with easier but less productive actions. There are so many mundane daily tasks that can take up our time and prevent us from making progress. As a musician I don't punch a clock so it is up to me to impose structure and expectations on myself. I have to make the work schedule then also show up for the shift and do the work. In order to be successful I MUST be my own little self-contained business. If I don't show up for work there's going to be some problems.


Posted By Jamdeep
Resistance
I have such a great idea that I want to share with the world but Iím just not good at getting it off the ground. Not because I canít, but because I resist learning about social networking and internet marketing.

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