Let us begin with love.
We know intimately the moment we fell in love with being an artist. Or rather, when we fell in love with ourselves, as the artist. A moment of play, abandon, laughter, joy, freedom, expression that was so palpable, so transcendent, so authentic, that we felt the courage to say - I will do this with my life. I will be an artist. We answered the call of the muse.
It wasn’t a choice we made - it was a charm we followed. It chose us, from the moment we took our first breath, and we said yes. We entered into this great love affair with the creator inside of us, and like all healthy relationships, if love remains the foundation and the single driving force we can soar. We can be transformed. If not, the relationship at some point will fill with resentments, fallen expectations and hurt.
There was a time in your artistic life when it just felt good to create. You sat down to your Easy Bake Oven or Twirl-a-Paint or Costume Trunk inspired by one goal — to have fun. You had no concern over commissions, SAG rates, even audiences or validations. You wanted to play.
Play, fun, and love are often the first casualties when we move from hobby artist to career artist. We believe that in order to be a powerful creator, to make money at our art, or to properly hone and display our talents we must sacrifice play and joy for hard work and hustle. We are told the competition is stiff and at best we can be a “starving artist.” We begin attaching our worth to the number of bookings or auditions we receive and start building strong yet very false social media personas determined to “make it” by building our following.
We sacrifice love for success.
We sacrifice love for result.
We sacrifice love and are left feeling victimized, resentful and disappointed.
We don’t feel loved back.
And then there is the fork in the proverbial road.
“I love being an actor/artist but it is so hard, the industry is not fair, I am too old, I have no credits, I am sick of being poor, I am seeing others succeed past me and its not fair!”
Do you stay or do you go?
Many stay and continue to fight, hustle, resent and hurt.
Many go and seek solace in a different world, always silently feeling fractured and wondering, what if?
There is another option.
We can live, act, move and create from love.
"We have allowed our awareness of love to diminish; that is all. In doing so, we have caused our own suffering. We must mature and realize that freeing our mind of ancient hurts and opening once more to love shall give us access to divine strength. To stand emotionally open before the world and give our hearts without fear of hurt or demand of reciprocity is the ultimate act of human courage.” Brandon Burchard
Let us return to love.
Let us call up inside of us the child of dreams, abandon and pure expression.
Let us, every step of this journey hold their hand, place them front and center.
Let’s activate our love affair with the transcendent, genius artisan inside.
Love knows the way.
It has no deadlines, time lines or worry lines.
The muse is waiting…