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Why do so few people wanna be artists ? Drew Spence weighs in

Found this on one of the music forums I am a part of.  I replied.

Will Make Beats for Food

The Passion for Music verse the Pursuit of Profit

I actually WISH that I didnt want to be an artists. Too much effort, chances you will make it is little, spend too much money and might not blow up.

And think about your family. My mom wish that I wanted to go to college and study, but whenever I told her I wonna do music I can just see it in her eyes that she thinks “Your throwing your life away son”. There is just too few people who will ever make it and you have to work really hard to even have a little chance.

Think about when you have a teenage child. Do you really want to see your child lock her/himself in the room making beats all day? Or would you rather have your child go to lawyer/doctor/manager school?

Mostly the following is not particularly aimed at YOU, but you represents many of us pursuing this musical ambition.

Ten reasons why I disagree with that line of thinking:

 1. Wishing you didn’t want to be an artist? Like it’s some uncontrollable passion that guides your life? A joke. It’s an idle thought, just as valid as you saying “I wish I didn’t want to be President of my country, an actor, a doctor, a chess master” etc…..

2. Either you are or you are not. Either you’re an artist or you are not. There is no “Want to be”. Either you are a great artist or you are a poor artist. If you are struggling with technical concerns that prevent your creations from being enjoyable then you are some sort of apprentice- still learning HOW to express yourself in a wholly meaningful way.

 3. Too Much Effort. An artist struggles with themselves. Creativity is centered around a million judgements. Anything that interferes with that process can be farmed out. If it is too much ‘effort to create art’ then you are not any kind of artist. See #2

4. If your struggle is with the business side and “breaking in” the source of your great efforts and pained labor then simply focus on creating and let the world worry about your place in it. Your greatest obstacles can be easily eliminated by a simple mindset adjustment.

5. spend too much money Art requires almost NO MONEY ever to be spent. We can do (A FREE BUDGET) this with EVERY art-form in existence. The problem is that non-artists believe art can be made greater or better by acquiring or using greater or better TOOLS. The process is the same no matter what the level of tools. Precise Tools (which is different from expensive) allow the artist to concentrate on the finer details. The same finer finer details they are only apt to control AFTER mastering their craft.

6. might not blow up That’s never the goal of a true artist. Creating is its own reward.

7. might not blow up Every artist has a goal in mind. Being compensated and recognized for their work is usually one of them. That’s fine. Blowing Up is usually reserved for those who want Success in Excess of their Accomplishments. They want to noodle around with some toys in their bedroom and make millions. They want to have “Fun” being a produca and retire at a young age. They basically want money for almost nothing. That’s the dream and fantasy. You want to BE LUCKY. Be at the right place at the right time and meet the right person, say the right thing have the right 99 cent beat.

8. might not blow up no one ever imagines themselves being worthy of DEMANDING THEIR COMPENSATION and that being worth millions. YOU GO FIRST and accomplish the kind of stuff that makes you and your art/music WORTHY of millions. You always imagine it being GIVEN TO YOU- never REPAID TO YOU. What? Imagine making 4 or 5 big accomplishments FIRST and then restating what you are worth as opposed to someone else making your art worth supporting. But alas, no one wants to actually work hard without some kind of GUARANTEE of being paid. Which is what this meant: you have to work really hard to even have a little chance

9. You have no idea what it is to do art for a living. It is not the same when you have exact expectations, timelines and pressure. There is no ‘mental block’, turn on the XBox and try again tomorrow. There is no “I made 12 beats today” You need useable music for whatever your industry is- and useable means that they WILL BE USED. You are no longer creating for yourself, you are trying your best to create for others. It’s your JOB to please others so any thoughts of making ART needs to go out the window. And you will not have the energy or ability to do both. You will find that ‘your own stuff’ takes a back seat to what is commercially viable.

10. Do you really want to see your child lock her/himself in the room making beats all day? If that’s what they enjoyed doing, yes. Suppose my kid wanted to stay outside and play all day- as opposed to staying in his room and studying? Would that be okay? Should there be balance? Of course, but if I ever saw any kind of obsessive inclination I would support it. Maybe convert the den, garage or shed into a studio or make a skating ramp or basketball court or…or….

Or would you rather have your child go to lawyer/doctor/manager school? There are people on both sides of the fence. People making tons of money, but hating what they do and people doing their art with no money that are miserable. Happiness is about time management. How much or the ratio of doing what you like to do and doing what you don’t like to do. Minimize the boring, arduous and tedious- Maximize the engaging, fun and awesome. That’s life. That’s relationships. That’s the universe.

As far as money goes, you can basically have and do anything you want in life- it’s just that you may not be in the position you envisioned when it happens- and you may squander those perfect moments trying too hard to decide how your life is truly meant to go. Some people limit their creativity by looking at their resources and some use their creativity to increase their resources.

Look at what a person goes through to become a doctor.

1. The HOURS spent studying.

2. The loans and inve$tment in medical school.

3. The mental capacity to survive those LONG WORK HOURS

4. And it’s even a cut-throat hospital system too. Lots of politics there too.

You get a lot of money but you get even more RESPECT. Why? Because your “job” is making people’s lives more enjoyable- sometimes even extending their lives.

You would get that from music too- if your aim was to make art that impacted peoples lives. If you were doing more than seeking to be rewarded for your musical luck.

Would mom be happy if you were a world famous musician? Would she respect and love you if your art was respected and loved by the world? Yes. But your goal(s) are materialistic things. Things you could get being a manager, a consultant, a stock broker or any other job that pays well, but no one cares about.

Imagine what you could accomplish in music if you pursued it like any other professional who considers their work to be ART.

-Drew Spence, Editor in Chief Producer’s Edge Digital Magazine

I say stuff http://www.producersedgemagazine.com/

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