Rasslers, Ponies and Artists Oh My!

  I saw The Wrestler a couple of weeks ago and have been haunted by the images of Mickey Rourke as Randy “The Ram” Robinson the broken down wrestler trying for a comeback. While the gritty nature of the movie was difficult to watch at times I couldn’t help but see similarities between “The Ram” and the difficulties we as artists are facing today…or at least we think we are. There are three major take-aways that Randy “The Ram” left me … [Read more...]

Self Investment: your # 1 intention in a down economy

  Self investment from here on out should be focused on finding and using the best tools and techniques to build a network of enthusiastic followers. A crucial part of self investment during a down economy is to start recognizing that you have to change the way you think about your business. You will need to expand what you do best…thinking creatively about not only your art but also your direction. Think about how many negative messages you are getting about the current economy … [Read more...]

Virtual Networking in a Brave New World

The Social Network As It Was. Remember when networking was something that was accomplished at blazer-wearing cocktail parties and on the golf course followed by a cocktail?  Even if you don’t remember that, one must realize historically there was such a thing.  Leaving the house and beating the streets socially was absolutely the only way possible to network in the community and create a name, credibility and resource.  It was an era of creating importance amongst people … [Read more...]

When Quiting Is The Best Way To Move Forward

Seth Godin is one of my favorite business and marketing  authors because he is a thinker, and a leader…and I am drawn to those types of people. One of his most recent books addresses the problem of well…quiting. More precisely when to quit and why quiting might be good and when sticking it out might not be the best strategy. In everything we do we often come up against a challenge, one that makes us question what and why we are doing what we are doing. Our ability to look … [Read more...]

Thoughts On Paradigm Shifts, Collaboration, Community, Tribes, and Open Source Art

Yesterday I received my preview copy of Seth Godin’s new book Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us in  it he addresses a growing movement that I have been mentioning in previous posts when referring to social media. The subject of community and tribes and the role they can play in cultural growth and eventual paradigm shifts is something I have been chewing on for several decades, going back to my days in city planning. The power of the book stirred up  memories, of the ‘60s and … [Read more...]