NO BIG SPLASH (Read time 0:27) You don't have to produce miracles—you just have to produce. If you can resist the tug to impress everyone with a  "big splash," and instead pursue the audacious process of (courageously) expressing your art & commerce with exhausting truth and reckless honesty, you'll end up with more loyal fans, more repeat customers and ultimately more career longevity and personal success. "An artist is one who has faith in himself. He does not respond to the normal stimuli and is not out to impress everybody. He lives to express his art, and in so doing he enriches the world." — Henry Miller
J Michael Dolan

NO BIG SPLASH (Read time 0:27)

You don't have to produce miracles—you just have to produce. If you can resist the tug to impress everyone with a  "big splash," and instead pursue the audacious process of (courageously) expressing your art & commerce with exhausting truth and reckless honesty, you'll end up with more loyal fans, more repeat customers and ultimately more career longevity and personal success.

"An artist is one who has faith in himself. He does not respond to the normal stimuli and is not out to impress everybody. He lives to express his art, and in so doing he enriches the world." — Henry Miller


COMMENTS


Posted By wichampi
Focus is as focus does
One hundred percent agree with Henry Miller.Living,feeling,creating one's art is the only way. What ever happens because of those creations remains to be seen.The pressure of the money machine is totally ridiculous and destroys so many creative people. Peace in the valley !


Posted By joe
tropic of artists
henry miller led the way.. this quote made my day.. my artist dreams will now never go astray.. I no longer need to blow them all away.. :-)


Posted By Luigi Cappel
Truth and Honesty
One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given was "If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember what you said". Mike Pinera's story reminded me of a time I was playing in a coffee lounge. A little girl was dancing to my music to the frustration of her grandmother who told her to sit down and behave herself. The little girl said "But I can't help it". Why do people lose that innocence and sense of magic? Because their elders tell them to. Why?


Posted By Mike Pinera
You're fooling me!
Being true to one's self, using our talents for the highest good and helping others along the way.I read one of the best ways to help someone heal is to listen to their story. One evening we were signing our CD's after the show, a shy little boy was having a difficult time trying to tell me something. His mother was saying to him "Johnny tell him what I told you." The hundred people in line behind them seemed to be thinking "yeah tell him and move on, it's getting late." Finally the boy tells me "my mom wants you to know that I was... conceived to your music." I said to him smiling , "what does that mean Johnny?" Quietly he said, "you know, while your music was playing I...was being conceived." He left so proud.


Posted By Alan Vochec
The whispers
Finding suficient stillness and calm to hear the faint whispers of angles in todays world of noice and clatter is indeed a major challenge. Whenever I succeed in tuning in to a state of mindlessness, opening the gates to the all knowing timelessness of excistence, creativity manifests itself as natural as breathing. Receiving the privelege of an angels whisper is, for me, success beyond any earthly reward. Translating and expressing these whispers into our three dimentional state of being in such a way that it touches hearts - is indeed a sign of success in any field of creative arts. We are travelers of time and God is what happens inside of us. Thank you for being Michael.


Posted By Michael McKern
Thanks
At 62 I can tell you that I have enjoyed a wonderful career in the Music / Audio Industry without any gold records to show for it, but millions of gold memories that I'm very proud of.


Posted By Rachel
Defining ...big
Not always the noble savage wins...


Posted By Eric Giroux

Thankyou again Michael, good to have you in our corner. Me and my fellow artists all owe you a beer.


Posted By randy
Express yourself
It is impossible to impress everyone. I am still very proud of a short story I had published this year because I was being true to myself and felt like I had done the best job possible. And you know what? Some people gave it a great review, and some didn't like it. One person even called it "an odd little story." That didn't bother me though -- in fact, I welcomed it -- because that meant someone experienced what I wrote. And I bet that person will read the next thing I write as well. Perhaps someday, something of mine WILL make a big splash -- but I can almost guarantee it will be when I least expect it, and from some place that I never would guess. And if that doesn't happen, well, that's ok too.


Posted By Yac-Yan Da Biznessman
Comment
Dope!!!


Posted By Barbara McMann
The Whale
For me, being authentically myself, expressing my art IS a big splash. And I feel like the whale in this picture. I feel a big splash IF I am acting not from motivation to impress others, but for the motivation of being authentic, to put my stuff OUT THERE.....that is what Iím supposed to be doing. It is one of my purposes (not porpoises!) in life.


Posted By Lovely Rita
2k8m9
J. Michael, youíve done it again! What a great reminder that we are doing this to express our art and commerce--NOT to impress others. When I get distracted into the realm of trying to figure out what will make the most money, I lose my creativity and lose money at the same time!!! Thanks for YOUR honesty!


Posted By John Tighe
Destiny
Right On, J. Michael, and H. Miller!!! Even if my songs only make little ripples, It is an expression of my own gift--truthfully done. We are each destined to express what God has given us, and give the credit to Him! Thank you again for your inspiration and honesty.

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