The Passion Myth

The Passion Myth

How many times have you heard the following phrase related to not just creative endeavors, but just about any venture that requires human effort and will to accomplish? “All you need is passion.” Hearing this phrase always causes me to scratch my head....
The Isolated Artist Myth

The Isolated Artist Myth

For many people, both artists and non-artists, being creative seems synonymous with being aloof, isolated, and lonely. For an artist, being alone most of the time is even considered necessary in order to create their best work. But is that really true? Typical...
The Talent Myth

The Talent Myth

There has always been a lot of excessive attention placed on raw talent. It’s easy to understand why. The youthful prodigy that practically emerges from the womb playing concertos makes a much more compelling story than the quasi-talented hard worker. But the...
The Sellout Myth

The Sellout Myth

There are few concepts more destructive to an artist’s ability to have a sustainable business than the Sellout Myth. I cringe when I hear its signature sound of entitled belligerence: “Art is only pure when it’s given freely.” “You want money for this? You’re selling...