By Laith Tierney
Holy words to the artist and core ingredients in all artistic endeavours.
Whether it’s a love song or a fuck you to the establishment, the artist’s role is to release their thoughts and feelings out into the world – simultaneously purging themselves, connecting with others and entertaining the masses.
If you consider yourself an artist, the reason you get up in the morning is to create, to discover and to share. Your gift and your responsibility to learn more about yourself and to help others do the same through empathizing with you work.
No matter the medium – painter, pianist, writer or actor you are dealing with self expression. Drawing that which is inside – to the outside and putting it all on display for the world to see.
We the artists, do this not out of some desire for attention, or some egomaniacal wish to be the most popular person at the pub, not for fame or adoration, it is out of necessity. A burning will, a drive towards connection and community. a communion of common interests, emotions and philosophy. A search to find the others.
Ah, finding the others. Ay, there’s the rub!
In some fields, particularly music and film – we rely so heavily on the other members of our group sharing a passion, having that same drive and ambition that is so very necessary to see a vision through to its completion. Still, the heart may be willing, but individual lives and personal circumstances can be less than permitting.
Just for a moment, think of your band, your project. Think about why you are doing this.
What is your motivation? What are your goals? How far do you really want to take this and how hard are you really willing to work to get there? Are you in this for expression, catharsis, connection? Or are you after attention, success, money, sex? Worse still, are you just along for the ride out of some misguided sense of loyalty or obligation?
Is everybody in?
The sermon is about to begin.
If you truly consider yourself an artist then it is your duty, your responsibility to climb that mountain, to dream the impossible dream and to fulfill your own potential.
To work your fucking arse off for that, through good times and bad. To never stop, slow down, get distracted or delay your plans.
So, dear friends, if you truly wish to be an artist, I implore you – surround yourselves with others who share your same ambitions, work with those who are on the same page. aim high, think big and work at it every waking moment.
And work as a team! Your combined efforts will astound you! I’m talking here about that colossal difference between hobby and a calling.
If you have this calling to be an artist, but can’t find others who you can trust to share this fire, then go it alone!
Put all that effort you would put into dragging others along for the ride – into work of solely of your creation. Learn every instrument, learn to record yourself, learn to manage yourself. Press your own records, build your own webpage, book your own gigs. Obtain all the skills necessary to achieve your dreams. D.I.Y or Die!
There are others out there who share your vision, we live in a town with so many gifted individuals.. So get put yourself out there! Start collaborating and working with new people who are on the same page as you. If you believe you have the dream team already – then have a discussion about what you all want from this, how fare you are all willing to go.
There will be no knock on your door. You must find the door and kick it wide open..
Just make sure you are all ready to walk through it.