INDUSTRY MELT DOWN (READ TIME 1:37) Back in the day, my employees & staffers would always remind me:“The industry slows down this time of year, Michael.”“No one is taking calls or meetings, Michael.”“Budgets are maxed out, Michael.”“We should think about taking time off too, Michael.”I went along with it, but I never bought it. Why was my world still humm’n while other showbiz companies were supposedly zzzzz’n? And the ones who loved the holidays the most? The evil twins, Distraction & Procrastination! Screw them! Those days are history! The industry has morphed, technology rules, and the world is now open for biz 24/7/365! Truth is, my Muse doesn’t own a calendar and could care less what season it is. Of course I honor the spiritual significance of the holidays, and you bet I enjoy celebrating with friends and family. In fact, this is my favorite time of year; Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday in January! However, for the professional artist & entrepreneur, the non-stop stream’n download of ideas, inspirations, brainstorms, and sudden bursts of intuition never take a holiday. Others may accuse you of being a workaholic, or question why you’re constantly jotting notes, or taking pics, or recording memos, or checking your web stats, or drawing silly shapes on a stinky napkin. That’s because they don’t get it! They’re the same ones who ask, “where did you get that great idea?” “How did you come up with those lyrics?” “What possessed you to start your own business?” The pros know it’s not them, it’s their Muse that’s work’n overtime! Just like “Pilot Season,” the holidays are an annual initiative—and the crazy, genius, creative types will go with the flow and enjoy the festivities right along with everyone else. However, deep down inside, unbeknownst to anyone, the pro artist and the seasoned entrepreneur know that the light bulb over their head is always on, and the floodgates of unlimited possibilities are always open. Plus, the idea of “cooling the flame” simply because it’s the last page of the calendar is an insult to their revered creative spirit.It’s crucial to honor our chosen spiritual path and celebrate the holidays together. However, lest we forget, it’s because of the crazy creative genius that we enjoy spectacular entertainment, outrageous presentations, remarkable movies, unforgettable music, and  extraordinary heartfelt holiday memories!
J Michael Dolan

INDUSTRY MELT DOWN (READ TIME 1:37)

Back in the day, my employees & staffers would always remind me:
“The industry slows down this time of year, Michael.”
“No one is taking calls or meetings, Michael.”
“Budgets are maxed out, Michael.”
“We should think about taking time off too, Michael.”

I went along with it, but I never bought it. Why was my world still humm’n while other showbiz companies were supposedly zzzzz’n? And the ones who loved the holidays the most? The evil twins, Distraction & Procrastination! Screw them! Those days are history! The industry has morphed, technology rules, and the world is now open for biz 24/7/365! Truth is, my Muse doesn’t own a calendar and could care less what season it is. Of course I honor the spiritual significance of the holidays, and you bet I enjoy celebrating with friends and family. In fact, this is my favorite time of year; Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday in January! However, for the professional artist & entrepreneur, the non-stop stream’n download of ideas, inspirations, brainstorms, and sudden bursts of intuition never take a holiday. Others may accuse you of being a workaholic, or question why you’re constantly jotting notes, or taking pics, or recording memos, or checking your web stats, or drawing silly shapes on a stinky napkin. That’s because they don’t get it! They’re the same ones who ask, “where did you get that great idea?” “How did you come up with those lyrics?” “What possessed you to start your own business?” The pros know it’s not them, it’s their Muse that’s work’n overtime!

Just like “Pilot Season,” the holidays are an annual initiative—and the crazy, genius, creative types will go with the flow and enjoy the festivities right along with everyone else. However, deep down inside, unbeknownst to anyone, the pro artist and the seasoned entrepreneur know that the light bulb over their head is always on, and the floodgates of unlimited possibilities are always open. Plus, the idea of “cooling the flame” simply because it’s the last page of the calendar is an insult to their revered creative spirit.

It’s crucial to honor our chosen spiritual path and celebrate the holidays together. However, lest we forget, it’s because of the crazy creative genius that we enjoy spectacular entertainment, outrageous presentations, remarkable movies, unforgettable music, and  extraordinary heartfelt holiday memories!

COMMENTS


Posted By
Never Stop Just Because Of A Holiday
Yep, you're right Mike. Yeah, we need to take some time out but we should keep the fire burning as musicians,artists,agents or record label publicist's. And people wonder why they never succeed? I once read an interview on Ice-T who talked about being at a party and had to take care of business. I wasn't a case of I'll take care of it tomorrow. He knew if he didn't tend to something he may not be in business anymore. I hope everyone on Mike's blog focuses on what they need to do in their music biz, and be damned the naysayers who say you'll never succeed. Focus on your effort, not your passion exclusively. Yeah, it may be a hobby you love, but force yourself to make it a business. That's what I did.


Posted By mike pinera
Michael row the boat ashore
Michael,I remember when I first came to L.A. there were not a bunch of places you could learn about how the music industry really worked. Most groups felt like they were in the dark about important matters. Then came your marvelous magazine, Music Connection in 1977. Entertaining and informative, we could finally learn about the latest opportunities and happenings in one place. You have helped so many artists through the years, I'm definitely one of them. One friend of mine was looking for work, I told him to take out an ad in MC. He did and was hired by Elton. This industry is like a big boat of artists waiting for wind to fill our sails. Meanwhile, Michael row the boat ashore. Land ho!


Posted By rachel
I am Thankful:-);-)
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I am excitedly working on some new projects with a few new and interested talents. FUN! As the earth is in motion...so we too!:-)


Posted By Terry
Working on holidays/Holy-days
Dead on Michael and I might add one more group to the list of creative folks who 'kept the light on' through what we call the Holidays....all of the great free thinkers that we have built religions and Holidays around! Those people...Jesus, Budda, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Confucious, Plato, Aristotle...and the list goes on, we're free thinking spirit traveling adventurers not afraid to walk away or confront the norm....whichever was necessary to follow their convictions or 'muse' if you will!


Posted By Kingvegas
Slow Season???
I don't know about other folks but I sell fun stuff (music and merch) and this is the season for selling!!! I'm in the process of recording a few holiday songs to release in the beginning of Dec. and I should have booked some holiday parties, New Year's, etc. Just because my business is transitioning is no reason to not take advantage of holiday spending! If you want to *be* a Big Dog you have to *think and act* like a big dog.


Posted By Lorraine Chambers
rewind
Creativity and those who create are an essential tribe of energy and production for commerce and community.


Posted By Rick
downtimes
There is never a downtime in business. If there is a week or few weeks of slowing, you use that time to write articles, make/evaluate your strategy, or take a vacation (which is important). There are always opportunities for the creative.


Posted By Michelle Wynn
Turn it up!
The flame is on and the heat is turned up! I may be distracted momentarily By thoughts of what Iíll bring to the potluck, but Iíll keep cookiní ideas while Iím cookiní the turkey.


Posted By Beth Marcus
Ideas invited
Well said, Michael!!! While I visit with my family and party with friends, I will keep a pen and cocktail napkin, or my Iphone ready to record any Ideas that come to the party.

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• 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)