I have artists, composers, and technical folks ask me this every day. And the cool part of doing what I do is, I get to help them down that very road.
Step One. Admit You Have a Problem
Hi, my name is Eric and I've been an art-making addict for 40 years. How about you? Love writing music? Or singing? Or ministering? Or writing? Or just playing music?
Welcome to the group.
To be honest, I speak with many folks, and help many folks, who just woke up and decided it was time to get moving on this creative craft they love. They wondered why they had been waiting so long to get serious, and "gosh darn it to heck", it’s time to get to it! (Editors Note: We at Creative Soul don't approve of such language, but you can see the emotion it evokes in people.)
Sometimes just telling someone, whether it’s a friend, spouse, pastor, or producer you are ready to get to work is the best first move. It is a declaration of intention. Except instead of taking your talents to South Beach, or declaring your candidacy for public office, you are officially saying “I am going to do this creative thing I have known forever I need to do.” It’s mentally and sometimes spiritually fulfilling.
Step Two. Visualize Where You Want to Be
“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.” - Robert Collier
What are your dreams that aren’t fulfilled? To record and make that amazing musical statement to the world? To get published and known as a writer? To be busier and travel doing your ministry? All of the above?
This is pure dreaming time. Don’t put limits on what God can do. He is not afraid of your big dreams. Go for it. Dream big. Imagine yourself in that dream and see if it feels right. If it does, then you need to run, not walk, to the next step.
Step Three. Contact Someone Who Can Help You
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” - Albert Einstein
This may be a professional you know locally, or a regional studio, or, gulp, going for it and contacting a professional company that specializes in just what you want to do.
But in order to get to those dreams in Step Two, you need to get help. Real help that is more that what you've done before. What you have done before has brought you to now. It’s time for the next chapter, and that likely requires new ideas, new processes, and new opportunities.
Step Four. Work Tirelessly, and Stay Focused
“For changes to be of any true value, they've got to be lasting and consistent.” - Tony Robbins
Something we see with artists a lot is a lack of continuity in their enthusiasm. It comes and goes. While you may be adamant for a few days or weeks about going towards the dreams God has, and you can just as easily lose interest and start thinking about something else.
If there is one thing that I have learned in 40 years as a creative person, it is that there is no one who will be as dedicated to my craft and getting my art out to the world as me. I have to be the one on fire for this, or nothing will happen. No one is going to recognize my genius and make this happen for me. I have to do it, and be consistent in working at it -- every day.
Getting to where you want to be takes admitting you want to do it, dreaming how to do it, working with the best you can, and staying focused on getting there. It’s not easy, but whoever said this was going to be easy?
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” - Pablo Picasso
Have a great week!
Eric Copeland is a music producer, songwriter, and author who has spent 40 years doing all of the above. If you are looking for someone to help you in this, feel free to check out his company Creative Soul at http://www.CreativeSoulOnline.com