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 Post subject: The Job of an Artist
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:27 pm 
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From my Jeff Goins newsletter:

Your job is not to build widgets. It's not to drive yourself mad or destroy your family for the sake of your art.

Your job is to offer a sanctuary of beauty to an ugly world.

No one can do this for you. In fact, not even you can do it. It takes collaborate with the Muse.

You must press into the work you've been given, stretch yourself farther than you're meant to go, and somehow believe in faith that something good will come.

This is not an easy life, as we see exemplified by men like Van Gogh who mutilate themselves and women like Emily Dickinson who cut themselves off from the rest of the world.

I do believe that a healthy life as an artist is possible, but I also believe there is a prerequisite to this job of creating things: You must be weird.

You must "think different" and go beyond expectations and norms, challenging the status quo.

This is why we need you and your work. Because so few people are willing to do this — to truly be creative and accept the inherent risks of rejection that come along with it. And why the most important quality of an artist is simply this:

Courage. (With a splash of craziness, course.)

I love this guy :D

"I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen."
~John Steinbeck

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 Post subject: Re: The Job of an Artist
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:02 am 
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Me too. I joined his newsletter and entered his contest for a preview copy of his how-to-write book. One prerequisite is to have a blog and another is to be willing to write a review and post it on your blog and also write a review for Amazon. This guy is quite creative in his promotions :P


Don't let aging get you down. It's too hard to get back * up. ~Maxine

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