New Artistry

Stop it

July 31, 2017

Do you feel stuck? Like you're wasting your life at your "day job"? Feel like you are suffocating your creativity and it is suffocating you? Feel like America's Got Talent or American Idol is your only chance to do what you love?

No really, stop it. The only limit you have is yourself.

These standards in our industry are not all true. Popular music has been mastered by puppeteers too long.

I'm here to tell you there is a world of options out there for you. I'm here to call you out because you have something unique to offer through your art. I'm here, especially, to tell you that the world needs what you have to offer. However, it may take some time to find your niche. It will take hard work to succeed and it will probably lead you to some failures before you find that perfect idea to realize. You will get discouraged. Just remember, we all have a purpose to serve in artistry and they are all equally beautiful. Fame is not the only way and TV is not the only way to fame.

It's time to step up and take our industry back.

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You won't believe what I discovered about artistry

July 24, 2017

The problem is me/us/artists. 

With so many talented singer/songwriters out there, I thought the market too saturated for me to succeed. All I could think was, "I don't have enough support," I can't afford it," and "I'm not good enough." I'd try one thing and if it didn't show results I was right back where I started: discouraged.  

My fellow artists, change starts with us. 

It's not about how many fans we have or how much money it makes us. It's about what we have to offer. Art is meant to move, be relatable, to express what others cannot express. Art connects people that way. Our industry should be based on this, but we have handed it over on a silver platter in an effort to "make it big." 

The only way to change things is for us to change it. We are the leaders in our industryThere is not one way to succeed that we should be giving up so easily. We are creative people who could come up with thousands of ways to make a living with our art. If we want those ways to succeed, we have to start valuing them. 

It's time we discover who we are and embrace it together. 

Join me on this journey to change artistry forever. Follow @kellyannmusic on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Getting Started

Why being an artist is not enough

July 17, 2017

Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is no instant, magical formula for being a sustainable artist. I can't write one blog post with all the answers so you can quit your day job tomorrow. This is like a dance that you have to choreograph and practice until each movement is perfect. It takes time, hard work and a team. So, first of all, thank you for being a part of this team and reading. There is a lot to learn. 

Artistry in our society has fallen by the wayside. I constantly hear people tell me that I need to go on American Idol or The Voice or whatever their favorite is. They mean it as a compliment, but it betrays something I see wrong with our society and the arts.

Being a good artist isn’t good enough.

You have to be a famous artist or your art doesn’t matter. You have to be on TV, or have a YouTube channel with millions of hits, or win some big award for your painting or photograph. It isn’t enough to develop your skill as an artist and share it wherever you can.  You have to be an internet and marketing guru, you have to have professional connections, etc. If you don't have millions of followers, no one wants to pay you for your time and skill or invest in your art.  

We all say, “you don’t do this for the money,” but why? Aren't we just lowering the standard? De-valuing each other as artists and the hard work and beautiful creativity unique to us? 

I am going to posit that we, as a community of artists, need to bring value back to what we do. First, by recognizing the obstacles in our society and then in action. 

Join me on this journey to change artistry forever. Follow @kellyannmusic on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

New Artistry

changing the status quo

July 10, 2017

My husband and I are both very passionate about sustainable, simple living. We are building a tiny house and working toward a debt free, minimalistic life. We don’t want to be bogged down by things, and have empty rooms and unused bathrooms to keep clean and heat in the winter. However, my passion for sustainability also extends to my business. 

I am a singer, songwriter and musician running my own business as an artist in a society that both celebrates and condemns my profession. American Idol, The Voice, YouTube, etc., provide a way to possibly be “rich and famous,” but there is little out there promoting professional artistry that is sustainable. Photographers, painters, dancers, musicians, singers and other artists have spent time and lots of money on equipment and training only to be called “starving artists” and asked what your “day job” is. It’s disrespectful to our profession, and the work we have poured into our skills. 

Well, no more! It is time for change. Sustainable artistry is not about fame and fortune. We have lost sight of what art is and what we, as artists, have to offer our society. The question is, are you willing to be sustainable and stop limiting yourself to the “rich and famous” standard? Do you have what it takes?

Join me on this journey to change artistry forever. Follow @kellyannmusic on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

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