Sunday, October 02, 2016

Don't Just Dabble

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Tony Robbins
dabbleIt’s easy to dabble in the arts. Maybe you paint a bit. Maybe you play the guitar a little. Maybe you like to write silly stories from time to time. But you aren’t sure, or have maybe never even dreamed, that you could be a “master” of some artistic pursuit.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Getting Paid for Creativity

Yes, it would be nice if making creative things automatically brought income, but it’s just not that easy. So if the stuff we make doesn’t make us a nice income, how can we afford to do it? How do we get paid for our creativity?
The Need to Create
“The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.” – W. Somerset Maugham
We have a need to create. We physically have to make music, or art, or write because we can’t keep it in. There is a drive to create. It is primal. And if you are reading this you likely know exactly what I mean.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Outside of the Limelight

“The limelight isn’t the only light worth seeking. Achievement is often anonymous. Some of the greatest achievements have been accomplished by people you've never heard of. Quietly dedicating their lives while improving your own.”

I have to be honest, this quote was in a TV show last week, but I thought it was great and it basically inspired this whole post.

We often think of the music or the art that we make as something to show off, or be at least known for. We think if we are that special, we must be headed for greatness, notoriety, and our time in the sun. But sometimes our creativity, our work, and our service are not meant for us at all. It’s meant for someone else, or everyone else, or perhaps just our serve to our Creator.

Sunday, April 24, 2016


"If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance." - Samuel Johnson

The following is a portion of "Five Music Lessons for Writers" by author and singer Louise Marley. I have been reading her books for awhile and recently looked up her site. Very good stuff for all creative people.


Someone has said that for a singer to succeed she needs the voice of a nightingale, the brain of an Einstein, and the hide of a rhinoceros. It’s a tall order, whether you’re a singer, a writer, a painter, a chef . . . whatever discipline (that word again) you pursue.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Why Bother?

See if this feels vaguely familiar.

You have this great dream, this big idea. This amazing creative thing that you really feel God Himself may have given you to do. You know you could do it well, maybe as well as anyone. You also know that it could be your life’s work.

But it’s going to take a ton of work. It’s risky, and there is no guarantee that it will even resonate with the audience you intend.

Now, for many of us, none of this matters. We jump in, we start dreaming, and we start to make it happen. But along the way, something happens. One day the mountain in front of us looks a little too high to scale. The odds seem too long. A wave of inevitable failure hits us and our shoulders sag.

What if nobody wants this? Why am I really doing all this? Isn’t there something easier to do?

Why even bother?

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Walt's 4 C's of Creative Success

"Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making his dreams come true.  This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of these is confidence.  When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way."  – Walt Disney

Everyone reading this has a creative dream, or if they don't call it a dream it's at least an artistic goal. So if we want to take Walt's words above to heart, let's see if the four C's can help us in our quest to get somewhere with our creative passions.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Your One Big Goal for This Year

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” - Rainer Maria Rilke

At this time of the year it’s pretty much expected that we would be thinking about how we can be more creative in the New Year. We can easily lament the time not spent on our creative output. I know I do!

But despite these lamentations, every New Year gives us the opportunity to start afresh. A clean slate.

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” - Melody Beattie

Goal setting is not that interesting to most of us. In fact, it’s boring and sometimes even useless. But usually that’s because we set too many goals or parameters.

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Eric Copeland is an author, producer, keyboardist, songwriter, and president of Creative Soul Companies. What is Creative Soul? Our main goals are to inform, encourage, and assist Christian creative folks in ministry, no matter where they are in their journey. Thanks for reading! Find out more about us at