EAT LIGHTNING (Read time 0:57)
Navigating through an unstoppable whirlwind of ideas, crashing through insurmountable barriers, making anxiety-filled choices and nerve-racking decisions, wrestling with doubt and resistance, challenging yourself, growing, failing, creating art and commerce that inspires people, contributing something worthwhile to the world—THAT’S what being a pro artist or entrepreneur is really about.
|Posted By Rachel|
| Artists need managers... |
This blog has got me thinking for sure. I don't know, I create, I seek to love mankind with my art, or just for the joy of art itself bursting out of me, its what I seek to do, and I am happy with this, I just really don't know how to do any more than what I am. When I am asked to do a gig, within my power, I do it. Super happily..You've got me thinking Michael...for sure..
|Posted By Vamplified|
| COMMENT |
Sheer Illumination! Now let's get him in the boxing ring! Rocky, you're a star!
|Posted By mark grove|
| Decide Now To Market Like A Pro |
If we don't take action and market what we have as artists, then we have no one to blame but ourselves. I use free publicity to market my music website. Online music sites,local music media through print and radio. Don't use experts if you can't afford it. Start doing it yourself. What? can't do it? Then you know who's to blame. I find more offline media and music organizations work better to promote my music business than anything. The internet is only a fraction of what offline is guys. Much success to all artists!
|Posted By J.G. Boccella|
| YES! |
So true, Michael! We artists do so often struggle with this piece. I have to share this quote. (I'm sure many are familiar with it, but it really helps me.) “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do..." -- Marianne Williamson
|Posted By Berington|
| Eat Lightning |
It's obvious if you look - NO major performer, artist or athlete is their own manager. It's all but impossible, and when dealing with the "outside world," clients, etc., having representation brings credibility one could never have on their own. Old question: "How do I put a price on what I do?" Answer: let someone else do it! The promotion trick for the artist is promoting & connecting yourself to the right manager or management company.
|Posted By Kevin MacDowell|
| Eat Lightning |
Thank you, Michael! In this age of DIY, I've been struggling to try and learn the "business" of management, PR, etc... and after 5 years, still feel incredibly inept. It is reassuring to be reminded that it is not a cop-out to seek outside help!
|Posted By DG|
| Eat Lightning |
Here, Here! ...and the whole point of creating, is appreciating the joy in it, sharing it, getting it out there, and completing what you set out to accomplish. I've learned it's O.K. to ask for help. Enjoy the energy and the momentum others can bring in! ( A Great blog! and once again, perfect timing.)
|Posted By Suza Leon|
| Inspirational Lightening Strikes Again! |
Excellant food for thought, as always! Thank you Michael!
|Posted By Kingvegas|
| We eating lightning... |
I think that artists often feel that self-promotion can be more eating door door than lightning. However- if they were selling cars, toothpaste, or insurance they would think differently. Art doesn't have to be monetized but just think about how we usually discover our favorite art to begin with. A lot money and effort goes into the production and promotion of music for instance. Art without an audience is refrigerator dressing. Treat you art as a product and it's a win-win. Create the most awesome product possible then bless the world with it!!!
Well said! I like the line "Create the most awesome product possible then bless the world with it!" —Michael
|Posted By Michelle Wynn|
| C.O.I. |
I love the term ‘Circle of influence” I’m going to start working on mine. Thanks.
|Posted By Beth Marcus|
| My Coach |
What a great analogy! I loved the Rocky Balboa character--least likely to succeed maybe, but what heart, and the “eye of the tiger.” Who would he be without his coach? I totally love my own coach, bouncing off my ideas, being accountable on a weekly basis...it has made THE difference in marketing my art, and my life.
|Posted By Rudy|
| Slugger! |
I too am a big boxing fan. I boxed a little in college, and loved the “dance” of involving my body head to toe, not to mention my MIND, which was a major Appendage. My coach Dan trained my mind and my body. Dan really “got” me, He understood where I was coming from and used that to coach me to a higher place. Thanks for the reminder.
|Posted By Carlos Manzanas|
| advice |
Up to this very moment I never thought about bring in a consultant or coach my business. But things have changed and I think its a necessity these days to get experts opinion.