Artist In Training

  What a multi level experience it is to be an artist. Firstly, its not normal for us to be working harder on someone Else's dream when ours is following us like a shadow wherever we go. Secondly, there are no manuals to being a fruitful artist. Actually, there are some manuals, however, they are written from the perspective of the person who writes the manual. Therefore, there is no one size fits all. The rules of the game in the artists life change from day to day. The only thing that remains the same no matter what, is that we must always keep going in the direction of our passion.

    Today I was with an artist that I highly respect. She is a fireball that you cannot ignore. Her talent as a dancer, singer, actress, and even comedienne, is solid. I respect her not only for her talent, but for her strength and stamina to just stay afloat as a single mother with a son and a career. Today we were supposed to meet at 9:30am and she arrives at about 10:15 or so. I am usually very strict about tardiness when I am a giving a lesson or aiding a fellow artist in any way. Somehow I let it all go today. All I can say is that I felt for her and I never mentioned her being late. I just felt that it would not help our afternoon. We were there to record a song that was being sent in for an audition. I had to raise my level and it humbled me beyond measure.

     It seems that the artist in general is more misunderstood today than ever before. Most non artists could never understand why we do what we do. Why do we seek the outer core of life and walk the opposite way? Why do we challenge the norm almost every day? Why would anyone willingly stand on a stage and perform while the possibility of making a mistake is always only a second away no matter what you do? There may not be an absolutely clear cut answer, however, the artists know that the feeling of being an artist is one that can never truly be explained or felt until you are one yourself.

      I can only speak for myself as it relates to being an artist. To explain how many times a day I think about the stage, or instruments, or traveling to perform, or even creating things with my hands, would be pointless. It's an obsessive bliss chamber. It always puts me right where I want to be. By the same token, when I see, hear, taste, or in any way experience the end result of a true artist, I am full of respect right away. A life without art or artists would be like swimming without water. Imagine walking down in to a pool and realizing that there is no water? I think you get my drift.

     I wrote this post because I feel like I am still in training. I have been on the path of an artist for over 20 years. I can double the size of this posting easily by telling you some of the best lessons and experiences that have gotten me to where I am today. However, I will not take you on that ride. All that I can say is that I found something that keeps me engaged and hungry for more each and every day. The anxiety and uncertainty that comes along with it is nothing short of exhilarating and quite
magnificent. There are no guarantees at all in this business of show. If you really think about it though, there are no guarantees in life either. So if I am not guaranteed anything in this life, I choose to go after the things that would make me the most content whether I achieve them or not. I have very big plans. They are percolating and they keep me up each and every night. Don't give up on your juiciest dreams. They deserve to fly way above the clouds so that every one else can believe that it can be done. Another year is almost in the can. I cannot believe it. Keep it moving people..



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