Monthly Archives: March 2013

Being an artist as a business

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Few weeks ago, I found this image posted on a friends Facebook, I really enjoyed the message and decided to share this on my Facebook, which then another friend
ended up sharing it on hers. Interestingly enough we had a great conversation about this message.

First off, I am first and foremost an artist in my own right, but just because I am an artist does not mean I have to fall into the circle of being a “Starving Artist”
scenario. I love and passionate about what I do, and I am fulfilled by the sense of my own understanding of what success means to me as an artist. But just because
I would love to earn money from what I do, and I do it well, doesn’t make me a sell out or any less than creative.

Enters in the entrepreneurial spirit, image being paid, and being paid well might I add doing something you love to do! Now there is a concept! But we choose to do mediocre
jobs to pay rent, to pay bills so we can have that brief moment to do and have the time to sit and create.

I think as an artist we have to get away from this idealistic concept of the bohemian lifestyle, lets get real, things cost money, If you’re a painter, Brushes, Canvas, Paints and your time put into creating a master piece all has a value. We as an artist decide what that value is. If you want to gift it away for someone to enjoy that is your choice, if you would love to see a dollar amount on your work to create that sense of prestige on what you’ve created that is your choice too.

But to sit there and judge one artist from another how they perceive in creating value in their work is absolutely atrocious! Further more, again like I said before, does not make me less creative, or less than an artist. This is where creative people fall short and being weak, I’m not saying that those that don’t charge for their work are weak, I’m merely saying spend a little time in thinking of what kind of value you put in yourself.

What do you think about this? Lets start a dialog, I would love to hear what artist think about this.

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29 ways to stay creative

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Lately I find myself, what use to be a side project, is now my complete and utter full time obsession. A series of interviews based off of the growing Tech & creative startup scene that’s growing rapidly in Hamilton.

I cannot explain my obsession fully, all I know is, If you build it, they will come. And while I still struggle to find different ways to monetize myself with this project, I know this obsession will not go away.

Part of it is just my fascination with the culture that is growing, people who have an idea and just say lets roll with it and become successful at what they do interest me. More so the D.N.A of an entrepreneur. What compels a person to create a business, what is in them, that sets everyone else that is just happy with their day to day job.

I wouldn’t say I’m knocking them, but isn’t there a need, or a fire within everyone to create something for themselves instead of just being told what to do?

My second part of the obsession is that I am hell bent on creating not just good content, but sharable content, content that people want to share with their friends to spread the message of what’s going on in Hamilton. Every once and a while I’ll get frustrated by people’s lack of understanding of my obsession with this project.

I could make it something I do part time, but if they actually knew how much effort goes into something of this nature they’ll realize that creating great content is a full time job. And while the investors aren’t there yet, I am positive they will come around and I am merely ahead of the curve right now.

The other reason why I’m so obsessed with TechTalk is that this serves as a vehicle for anyone that comes after, who are or were like me being so disenchanted by the Television and Film industry right now and only to become someone of lesser authority on the outcome of the creative process.

This serves as, if you work hard on something, build a strong following and audience, the people that don’t get it will have to soon enough.

It’s been a long road to this point in time, met a lot of great and inspiring people in my life. I hope I can leave something of a legacy behind here as well.

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