Collisions at the Corner of Art and Commerce

The Search For the Magic Bullet....

Sunday, September 28, 2008

.....serves only to distract you from the work that you would be doing if you didn't think there was a magic bullet.

How many times have artists said the following? "If I/we could only get a ......,  then we'd be set."   There are about  a dozen common things to insert into the blank that come up  time after time.  (I'm guessing that there are some uncommon ones too, like "If we could only get a trained monkey dyed neon green* to clear the stage of women's underwear thrown on the stage, then we'd be set", however,  any comments of that nature are outside the scope of this post - but hey, if your stage is cluttered with undwear thrown by fans, you must be doing something right, so maybe you do have time to worry about trained monkeys)... but I digress.

There's nothing inherently wrong with this conversation.  It's actually very helpful to be constantly assessing what you need to help advance your career.  Where the conversation becomes harmful is if you get bogged down in the waiting/hoping for that 'magic bullet' person/circumstance instead of doing all you can to build your career.  It's not impossible that someone else will help you do it, but it's much more likely that the person who is going to do the most to build your career is you.

  • No monkeys were harmed in the writing of this post.

updated: 10 years ago