The Struggling Artist…Is it Our Own Fault?
Simple facts, watered down into selected stories, have circulated in the entertainment world for decades about how the artist was always broke while his blowing-smoke posse became rich. The artist has always blamed the industry, while the fans just listened and shrugged their shoulders to what they don’t understand. A simple fact is that without the artist to create the content, there would be no content to exploit. So shouldn’t he be in charge of it?
In my new documentary film, “Welcome to the Dream- The Rude Awakening of Rock Stardom“, I’m putting the shovel into a hidden – but true – fact…music is an addiction! And when addicted, you are powerless to share it. Think about yourself; when you hear a song, read a book, or see a movie that really moves you emotionally, you NEED to share that emotion, you actually don’t have a choice. It is impossible to keep this feeling to yourself. This is true for the artist AND the fan, and remember every artist is a fan!
We actually have no will power at all over music… It COMMANDS us to share it! Since the early 1900’s when a publishing industry was developed to market and exploit creativity, the artists’ SOLE mission has been to share it with as many people as he can! This has never changed; it never will and it never should. The spiritual power of music itself provokes an altruistic, selfless sharing of a gift…not learned, but bestowed.
So, as artists, our primary purpose has always been to SHARE the gift, NOT SELL IT. Thus, we enabled an industry whose primary purpose has been ONLY to sell it. On a chosen day, we awaken to the reality of our real-world-have-to-pay-the-bills financial commitments, realize we are unable to meet them, and wonder why…Because WE GAVE OURSELVES AWAY! We’ve had been victims of our own generosity, and victimized by those who took advantage of our powerless addiction.
But remember, the good news is, that at the end of the day, the content creators… The artists… ARE in charge. But unless you can look your addiction in the eye, come to terms with your fears, anxieties and realize the disillusionment of success that the media has shoved in your face… we stay broke, and they stay rich. You are too talented to be pushing shopping carts… So don’t put yourself in that position. Learn to make your generosity CONDITIONAL on SOME kind of remuneration…you need to get something out of it too! Look in your wallet, learn from your mistakes and know when to say no!
Either we all SURVIVE together or we all DIE together. Every decision you make will not only affect yourself but your brother artist as well. Be confident! The only thing you have to lose is your poverty.
THERE IS A SOLUTION.
Please help make it happen.
PROBLEMS CAN’T BE SOLVED WHEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM.