Mark Danger Powers

drummer • educator • author

The First Questions for Career Creatives

Want to make a full-time career out of your music, art or other creative interests? Part of my reason for blogging is to encourage you to do so, and show you how! But first, let me try to talk you out of it. Before stepping out on that long, difficult road, seriously consider the following:

Are you doing it for fame and fortune? Ha- good luck with that! Although it IS true that your ego may get stroked from time to time, and there IS money to be made in the Arts, do NOT be doing it for those reasons. Do it only because you love it, and absolutely can’t imagine doing anything else with your life. If not, failure is inevitable.

You really want to be self-employed? Badly enough? Then fully realize that that means you are working for yourself. No one is going to give you a pat on the back, thank you for your dedication to the company and hand you a check for this week’s 30+ hours of overtime you put in. Be prepared to work your butt off. Your product is you. And you are selling it constantly- night and day. There’s no “off” switch. It’s what you chose to do . . . so deal with it. No whining or pouting allowed. You alone are responsible for your future successes and failures. Nobody else. If you bust your balls, you may find a way to come out ahead. Drag your feet, and you’ll drown for sure. If that sounds like too much work, quit now. Grab the local paper, open up to the classifieds, and get a ‘real’ job.

Still with me? If, even after hearing all that, you still want to forge ahead and carve out your own little niche in the creative world, stay tuned right here. You are in the right place . . . several forthcoming posts are all about how you can do exactly that! We’ll be covering creative income sources, self-promotion, branding and other topics. But I also want to introduce some ideas that, most likely, fewer musicians and artists are aware of and implement in their careers: timeboxing, virtual assistants, personal assistants, Pareto’s 80-20 rule and social media.

Ready to get a bit outside the box, roll up your shirtsleeves and put in some hard work? Excellent! Then subscribe above, comment below and let’s get started! And please let me know about any topics that you would like to see covered in future posts.