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November 06, 2008



You know, part of me wants to be snarky and simply call what you post here Growing The Hell Up.

I don't know about you, but that whole "I must use my skill in only one way or it means I'm selling my soul" mentality has a whiff of more than a bit of privileged adolescent angst that reveals itself through its lack of knowledge and/or experience with the myriad ways a single talent or skill can be used to earn a living.

I always wanted to write, ever since I discovered I enjoyed the process as much as the result. Did that mean I only wanted my work published in Important Magazines or by Giant Publishing Companies? Hell, no. It only meant that using my passion for writing is an important component of personal and professional satisfaction. Fame and fortune, if I ever come into them, are just the icing on the cake.




Thought I forgot about you, didn't you?


I agree. Time to rename the post.

And I see you tagged me, but the ones you put on your site were so damn heavy that I don't even so why I should bother. :)

But alas, I will do it to avoid being labeled a chicken.


I don't know why, but my first reaction was: if all he wanted to do was act, why hire a consultant for help?

Hell, I would have tried to give close to the same advice.



The funny part is that often in my coaching/consulting life I also end up being the vehicle that reveals the real problem . . . and that's when things get fun. :)

For that particular client I was just able to drive home the contradiction between his desire to "just act" and the reality of his situation.

The irony is that after he worked together he did in fact decide to start expanding the way he uses his skills . . . and then that gave us to chance to focus on how marketing could help promote his new ideas.

So it ended well.


That's good.

I've known a lot of people who've simply left the arts for not making a living as an artist--as opposed to (as you talk about)trying to make a living with their art.

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