The Creative Quandry is just a fact of life for most who have a bent for creative endeavors. It’s the struggle of keeping bread on the table while making music, writing, painting, acting or any form of “art”.
I’ve been deep in this one lately due to a number of client projects booking my schedule tight (a problem I am happy to have). You may have noticed a reprint of some previous articles on this blog in the past couple of weeks, it’s just my effort to keep content moving, while providing good service to my paying clients. But certainly I would rather have the time needed to produce fresh articles multiple times every week, but that’s not my current REALITY.
What to do? Keep Going.
This happens all the time. Work on this blog, my music, photography and documentary film-making takes a back seat to fulfilling client requests. What I have observed, however, is that the “reach” of these projects is growing, slower than I would like, but growing. Plus I get great satisfaction when I do get to sing in live performance, or record another track, publish another blog post or create a new video. I have noticed that it only matters to anyone if you keep doing it. After all, if you give up on your art, why should anyone else care?
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I’d argue that art requires a struggle.
Think about great writers, artists and musicians through the centuries. From Shakespeare to Bob Marley, all have have struggled for their craft and often some of the greatest works were created at the time of most despair.
What about Willie?
It wasn’t until he moved back to Texas in the 1970′s, grew his hair out and pioneered the cosmic country Austin music scene that he began to have the kind of “success” that he is known for now. He had already been “in the business” for 20 years at that point.
And that’s the point. He didn’t give up on it. Those songs he wrote in Nashville, including “Crazy” for Patsy Cline and many others, are now considered standards, classics that all others get compared against. They are timeless, but he was in a struggle when he wrote them.
Read about Willie Nelson on Wikipedia
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