a song or painting a portrait is that so many people seem to think it means instant $$$. That's right, just because you have created something the dough just drops out of the sky and into your wallet or bank account. If only that were true. You see, most people never see the years an artist or an athlete spends forging their talents and skills. They don't see the long hours of social networking, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google + posts. When you are an independent artist, it's all up to you. You are the web team, the marketing team, the writer, the editor, the producer, the performer, the rehearsal leader. The fact is, it takes so much time and effort that one will probably never reap vast fortune of monetary compensation for their work. SO WHY DO IT?
I think for me it was more about the sense of accomplishment and setting a goal and achieving it. I'm working everyday to try to increase my audience for "You can not lick your elbow" but it is WORK. A few minutes here on Facebook, a few minutes here on Twitter, a few minutes here on Pinterest, a few minutes here on Google +. I need to do a Youtube.com video. I need to do an official press release. I need to make some calls to local media, shoot some text messages and emails out. I need to keep at it. I know the truth. I'm swimming in an ocean with a million other fish. There are literally hundreds of thousands of children's books out there. I don't know how people with find mine except for my dedication to tell people about it. Grassroots campaign. One person tells another. One Tweet or Facebook post at a time, I'll gain more exposure. I'll gain an audience for my work because that's what you have to do as an independent artist. You gotta hustle.
It is a little encouraging knowing that because of the internet the world is literally available to you. You can be asleep and someone is purchasing your book in Japan or the Netherlands. You can be in the shower and someone is downloading your song or album of Itunes. It's a big world but the internet seems to make it smaller. If you are working on book, an album or a piece of art, remember that the world is waiting for it. Someone out there wants to read what you have written. Someone out there wants to listen to your songs. Someone out there wants to hang your art in their home or office, but they can't if you don't complete what you started. You have to take those ideas that are floating around in that skull of yours and bring them to life. You may be swimming in an ocean with a million other fish but at least you are swimming. ;)
Dream big, dream often. Then do everything you can to make those dreams come true.