why the term, "starving artist," is a trap

December 23, 2017

"If you are a starving artist, you are doing it wrong."
- Lina Iris Viktor, painter

I don't know who started the meme, "A musician: someone who puts $5,000 worth of gear into a $500 car to drive 100 miles to a $50 gig" but it needs to go away. The industry is saturated with false expectations like this.

American Idol, America's Got Talent and The Voice, etc., have set a cultural expectation that this is the way to succeed as a musician and artist; that being TV famous for a few minutes is the definition of success. "This is my last chance" seems to be the anthem for artists on these shows.

Spotify and Pandora, etc., have made it easy for fans to discover new music, but people seem convinced that they are the death of music sales. No one talks about how these apps can help in the fight against illegal downloading or how to use them to succeed.

In truth, artists in our culture are taught that they are already defeated and their only hope is a record deal. But this just isn't true anymore.

Technology has not only made it possible to "do it yourself" but it makes it possible for artists of various fields to join forces and succeed. You are not alone and that fact is not dependent on a record label with millions of dollars to invest in an artist they mold to their standards.

Do you want to succeed as an artist? Are you tired of being charged more than you can afford to learn "big secrets" from so called guru's and still feel clueless after their webinars?

Follow my blog and join me on my journey to share what I have learned and continue to learn in my own career as a singer/songwriter and consultant for small businesses. Start thinking outside the box with me.

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