Why we don’t need millions of fans to have a sustainable creative career, we just need one thousand true fans.
Kevin Kelly, the previous associate and editor of Wired magazine, put forth this theory 10 years ago. He gave artists and creative entrepreneurs some hope in building a sustainable and equitable future in the arts.
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“The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Upon not playing or writing any music for about 3 months straight: feelings of distress, anxiety, resentment, self-doubt, self-pity and discontentment were seeping into my psyche. I couldn’t believe that this was due to not playing the guitar. So, I sought out some help.
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We try to be faster, smarter and stronger. We plan and prepare, strive and reach. We do this in an effort to stay ahead of the ‘game’ and other people. Unfortunately, no one can win or beat life, things happen that are out of our control all the time. However; If we practice gratitude; I believe that we can ride the turbulence of life with grace. And, maybe we’ll actually enjoy the journey.
There’s nothing wrong with trying to be better. Everyone should try to be a little bit better than they were yesterday. We start to run into problems when we place personal achievement at the pinnacle of our lives. When we do this, we end up entitled and discontent with what we have, and; most concerningly; with who we are.
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What’s the point trying to hack your creativity when every idea under the
sun has already been thought of?
It’s true that no fundamentally new ideas exist. Every ‘new’ idea is based on the thinking of the previous era. This means that when we have ‘new ideas’, they are really just mashups of previous ideas.
“What is originality? Undetected plagiarism” – William Ralph Inge
So, why bother creating anything if we can’t do anything original?
a) I don’t know, creativity makes us feel good?
b) Enter deep philosophical answer…
I would say that it has something to do with art being a reflection of life. When an artist paints, they do so within the context of how they were raised, their beliefs, their insecurities, their physical attributes, their influences and so much more. So, while there is nothing new under the sun, each individual can still contribute to the pool of creativity with their own interpretations. Continue reading “How to hack your creativity – Part 2: Steal and collaborate”
“Creativity scares us. There is so much uncertainty about it that we often reject it in favour of predictability and conventionality” – Bruce Nassbaum
If you’re a creative person and you are making money from your craft; congratulations, you’re an entrepreneur! However, as many creative entrepreneurs quickly find out, there is a constant barrage of admin tasks that need to be done in order to keep the money rolling in.
The stress piles up when your days are full of these tasks, and you end up with little energy and time to fulfil your creative needs. Here is how to hack your creativity by using scheduling.
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