The Secret to Success for Artists and Creatives
So you want to be an author, an actor or maybe even a rock star? It doesn't much matter what you want to do, just that you do it. Whatever your art, your only goal should be to create.
But don't you need a casting director to give you a part? Don't you need a publisher to give you a book deal? Don't you need a record label to sign you? No, no and no. If you're an artist, don't put your success, your passion and your life in somebody else's hands.
Don't be an aspiring author, an aspiring actor or an aspiring musician. The difference between an aspiring artist and an artist comes down to one thing ... an artist creates. An aspiring artist wants to create. They talk about creating. They dream about creating. They tell others they will create someday. They wait for someone else to give them approval before they create. They wait until their name is called.
I get emotional about this because I have a lot of friends who are amazing at what they do, but they don't get it. They wait around for someone to give them the nod of approval. "If I could just get that part," I hear them say. "I nailed that showcase but never heard back from anyone." My motto is: "If you can't join 'em, beat 'em."
History is full of examples of artists who decided to take matters in their own hands. Examples include
Here's a more recent example -- Ambrose. Ambrose is my favorite new rock band. Several months ago, I heard them on Sirius Radio and immediately loved their sound, which doesn't happen often. When I got home, I went to
I e-mailed them, and the lead singer,
The most successful artists are going to be those who create. Not the ones who wait around for approval.
So what's the takeaway? Don't wait for permission. Don't make excuses. Get out there and create something -- anything. Stop aspiring and start creating.
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