ZIP LINE (Read time 0:43) Aloha! The awesome wife and I are in Hawaii celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary and her 19th birthday:) She likes to do stuff—like zip lines. I like to grease up with a tube of “Bain de Soleil” and read. We’re staying in Princeville, Kauai. This used to be the serene “garden isle,” the playground of the rich and famous, but not anymore—the tourist trade dominates—just like what happened in Vegas. Except for the majestic beauty, the energy here could easily be mistaken for overcrowded Santa Monica, Ca. Hawaii is very low-tech. You don’t see a lot of iPads around here. It’s a vacation spot, not a place to build an app, find a talent agent, pitch a script, or launch a music career. Reminds me that while it’s true that the computer revolution has provided us with all the tools we need to live our dharma, and do our life’s work from literally anywhere, it is still nevertheless true that geography, where we plant our feet, can provide huge opportunities to help secure our potential success. Truth is, like birds, humans like to flock together and stay close to their tribe:- Musicians like to jam with each other.- Actors like to work on scenes together.- Writers like to collaborate.- Entrepreneurs like to compete, merge, and swap biz ideas with other treps.- Creative people like to hang with other creative people.So if you want to be a world-class artist, musician, actor, writer, director, etc. you’re better off packing it up and moving to California—the creative capital of the world.If you want to be a world-class executive and pull the financial strings, you’re better off in New York— the business capital of the world. If you want to be a world-class beach bunny, or zip line pro you should move to Hawaii.Me? I think it’s time to turn over and get some sun on my back:)Aloha!
J Michael Dolan

ZIP LINE (Read time 0:43)

Aloha! The awesome wife and I are in Hawaii celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary and her 19th birthday:) She likes to do stuff—like zip lines. I like to grease up with a tube of “Bain de Soleil” and read. We’re staying in Princeville, Kauai. This used to be the serene “garden isle,” the playground of the rich and famous, but not anymore—the tourist trade dominates—just like what happened in Vegas. Except for the majestic beauty, the energy here could easily be mistaken for overcrowded Santa Monica, Ca. Hawaii is very low-tech. You don’t see a lot of iPads around here. It’s a vacation spot, not a place to build an app, find a talent agent, pitch a script, or launch a music career.

Reminds me that while it’s true that the computer revolution has provided us with all the tools we need to live our dharma, and do our life’s work from literally anywhere, it is still nevertheless true that geography, where we plant our feet, can provide huge opportunities to help secure our potential success. Truth is, like birds, humans like to flock together and stay close to their tribe:
- Musicians like to jam with each other.
- Actors like to work on scenes together.
- Writers like to collaborate.
- Entrepreneurs like to compete, merge, and swap biz ideas with other treps.
- Creative people like to hang with other creative people.

So if you want to be a world-class artist, musician, actor, writer, director, etc. you’re better off packing it up and moving to California—the creative capital of the world.
If you want to be a world-class executive and pull the financial strings, you’re better off in New York— the business capital of the world.
If you want to be a world-class beach bunny, or zip line pro you should move to Hawaii.

Me? I think it’s time to turn over and get some sun on my back:)

Aloha!


COMMENTS


Posted By Diana
Location not as Relevant
I think with the internet- many people can live most anywhere and "make trips" to these cities- it is no longer as advantageous to live in this creative capitals...as it was before.


Posted By rachel
Happy Anniversary!
Hi Michael! How fun! Happy Anniversary to you and your beautiful wife! me, crackling fire and creating...


Posted By randy
Zip
Usually when I make a coment on your blog, I try to come up with something creative and informative. Not so for today, though. I felt the need to comment because I did my first Zip Line today in the mountains of VA -- to help get over my fear of heights! Not a particularly difficult one for most people, but for me it was big. I got my inspiration from Pink, when she sang "Have you ever looked at fear and said, 'I just don't care'?". It worked. Side note -- I have fond memories of Kawai from many years ago ... my first time away from home. Cool place, even now I am sure. Happy Anniversary! And thanks always for your posts.


Posted By Rich Again, AGAIN
Joel's For Real
Joel, kudos for your 'read' on a 'broader-picture' Hawaii! Michael is his normal 'black/white' self.. You go 'here' for this, and 'there' for that.. He may! I don't! I had a marvelous trip in 08 attending our son's 2nd marriage, and doubling as the wedding singer/bandleader! Whilst on this particular trip (there were many)we also managed to be hired to be amongst the "christening" musicians to inaugurate a new jazz club on the big island! In fairness, Michael is correct that the general vibe in Hawaii is of a very lazily relaxed atmosphere, for sure! Time-management is more effective with some than others, those endowed may appreciate the extra advantages and conveniences that open-mindedness and creativity bring!


Posted By Joel
Hawaii
It wasn't until I came to Maui Hawaii that it even occurred to me to have a successful career In Music. It's been 30 years now. I teach at the university, own a recording studio, record my music and perform, and am the musical director of a successful corporate convention showband. There's lots going on here besides the beach. I say be in a place you love and do what you love to do.


Posted By Jess Pierce
Location
I frankly hate LA longer than a week's stay. And the only times I stay longer is when I'm working with people not from California (and I was raised in Burbank). There are a lot of creative cities - Nashville for example; practically everyone is a musician. You can't escape music there even if you tried. But your point is still valid: live where your creativity is.


Posted By Solveig
Playing Devil's Advocate
I think that creative people are everywhere, and it matters less where you are and more how engaged you are. Sometimes smaller communities are very engaged creatively with each other. Large metropolitan areas can be cutthroat competitively and it can be much harder to rise above the noise. I just read this NY Times story this morning about an actor who left Broadway and returned to Seattle (my home town) because it was a better place for him to realize his creative vision: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/theater/louis-hobson-leaves-broadway-for-seattles-balagan-theater.html Different environments can work for different people.


Posted By Rick Norris
Happy Anniversary and Birthday
I hope you guys have a great time. While there, look for the Queen's bath. It is hard to find but by Princeville.


Posted By Roger M.
Nashville is dust
I always thought Nashville was the place to build my music career. Not so. Way too much “I’m hot, you’re not” attitude there. Plus it’s very low-tech. everyone is in denial that the industry has changed for good. I’ve made more connections in L.A. in the past three years then the entire seven years I spent in Nashville. I’m so glad I made the move.


Posted By Nellis Fontain
go with your gut
40 years ago I was living in the Midwest and three people on the same day told me I should move to California. I had this thing about 3’s then, so being a new graduate, I ate peanut butter and jelly for a month to save money, then drove to California with a girlfriend. I have never looked back, as California has treated me and my music career well. Sometimes you just go with your gut….


Posted By Stag Kelly
Move out?
Location, Location, Location! Ask any Realtor and ask any “trep.” (Your entrepreneur nickname) So if I’m in Nashville and my music career hasn’t “happened” yet….do I stay here? Move to Austin, Tex? L.A.? Not only location but timing is everything.

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• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• 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)