Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Slow “No”

Do you ever feel like your entire creative career is a long, arduous journey to nowhere? That no matter how hard you try, all the work, all the pain, and all the money spent is just wasted on deaf ears, blind eyes, and a world that just doesn’t care about your art?

It’s a creative person’s lot. We’re writing each word, painting each stroke, and singing each note hoping someone will be moved. We have been told that our art is important, because we have been moved by other art, and seen it celebrated. And so we labor to create and offer it to the world looking for acceptance and affirmation that this is what we should be doing.

But sometimes it seems like in the end the answer is just going to be a very slow “no”. A long life of hearing no at every turn in regard to our creative passion.

So how do you turn that around? How do you defeat “The Slow No”?

Monday, February 06, 2017

The Forgotten Why

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay

It’s easy when you are a creative person to get all caught up in the what, the how, and when, and the where. Where’s my next gig? What’s my next song or great piece of art going to be? How do I get a bigger audience? When will I get paid?

Believe me, I know because I live as a creative very day. I understand where these thoughts and anxieties come from. But as Christians, these gifts were not given to us to be used for profit or fame. These God-given gifts were given to you so that you could take out the Word of God to the world.

(Boy he’s really getting preachy, isn’t he?)

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Just the Right Touch

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa

Sometimes, I find myself looking for just the right font, the right sound, the right way of saying something, or the just the right quote to drive home a point. It probably seems like I am wasting time, looking for something just right when I could settle easily. it may even look like I’m goofing off, trying font after font for the exact impact I need. Or I try synth patch after synth patch for just the musical effect I’m looking for.

If you’re an artist, it could be just the right color, or brush. For dancers it’s trying move after move, take after take to get it just right. For writers, it’s second draft, third draft, and endless revisions. Searching for just the right synonym to say exactly what you want to say…

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

Persevere!

"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.

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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.

About the Author

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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 http://www.CreativeSoulOnline.com