Artists are driven by the desire to create from what comes deep within. We take dreams and ideas and construct something tangible for others to consume. A lyric. A painting. Each time striving to be better than before. But in doing so we can isolate ourselves, and that’s the last thing need to do. That’s why community is so important.
A few weeks ago I had an idea and I wanted to see if it would resonate with anyone else. So after pondering it for a while (and realizing that if I didn’t act fear would win), I decided to take action. I sent a message to a few of my artist friends and asked them one question. (more…)
Often I find myself looking at how other creative’s work and I can’t help but feel a little jealous. How did they get so far? Why isn’t what I’m doing working like it is for them? What do they know that I don’t know? The questions seem to pile up quicker than I can find the answers. Maybe you can relate to such a dilemma? I think we all can from time to time, but what are we to do about it? I believe that we can make a simple change that will get us moving in the right direction. Let me explain…
Next week I turn 32, and although that’s not hard for me to say, there is a part of me that feels that I haven’t quite done all that I was put on this earth to do. I feel as if I have spent a majority of my life coasting to where I find myself today. I’ve not been intentional about conquering anything but just seem to accept what is put in front of me. (more…)
Most of the time when a video goes viral they are full of cat tricks or baby’s laughing. Then every once in a while one will get spread around that is full of truth and inspiration. That’s exactly what happened this last week. Did you see it?
I was sitting at my desk when a Facebook notification slid across my phone. Normally I don’t stop whatever I’m doing and see what new post someone has sent me, but for some reason I did this day. (more…)
It’s a new year, a fresh start. For some of us this means sitting down to write out our goals and resolutions, while others are just waiting to see what’s around the corner. No matter what type of person you are, how can we make sure to take full advantage of this coming year? I have a few ideas below…
There I was again, sitting with pen in hand staring at the blank page. I tried to think of something, I mean don’t get me wrong I knew what I wanted, I just couldn’t seem to find the courage to write it all down.
As I looked around the room I was flooded by the reality that everyone else seemed to be able to do the one thing I couldn’t force myself to do. They seemed to not only know, but also have the courage to take the step needed to write it down. (more…)
Have you ever found yourself looking at someone else’s life and becoming slightly jealous? As you peer into their lives you only hope that one day you could do what they do. You have a desire to paint so every painter you see is living your dream life. You want to be a musician so everyone out there with a guitar is your hero (and somehow always better than you). (more…)
I have a confession to make…
I have a tendency to overthink things.
This especially takes hold when it comes to my creativity. I sit down to put something out into the world, a blog post, a business idea, a song, whatever it is I’ll find a way to change it about a thousand times and never really get anywhere. Sometimes it dies before even being allowed to see the light of day because it’s easier to kill it then it is to let it go.
Two weeks ago I finally got the opportunity to go to New York City for the first time. What a crazy place. I expected when I got there I would be overwhelmed by the rich history, the bright lights, and the stupid amounts of people everywhere. It didn’t disappoint. (more…)
In 2010 I set out to start my own music business. I did my research, called some industry friends, bought some gear, and set up shop. I called it Grizzly Music Company.
At first I was going to just produce records for artists, but before I knew it my creative juices were flowing and I had an even bigger idea. I wanted to pair a recording studio with a music school and watch as students learned how to play guitar eventually end up cutting records with us and then accepting Grammy’s. (Of course…right?)
I wanted to be successful. I wanted to build a multimillion dollar company. I worked tirelessly and tried to make every connection that I could. I had coffee meetings, I went to local shows, I gave and gave and gave only to find myself closing the doors a few months back. (more…)