I love this No Rain video by Blind Melon. Watch first:
Spoiler if you haven't yet watched the video yet is coming up. Here's your second chance to watch. Pause.
Had the bumblebee girl taken Marketing 101 she'd certainly by now altered her act. Probably pretty radically based on the weak applause and hearty gaffaws she was garnering.
There are a couple of reasons I don't really chat about marketing any longer (if you haven't noticed). (I view marketing as being an important part of the larger picture of greasing the wheels of commerce. Marketing done right relegates the salesperson as superfluous - ssshh don't tell sales that.)
However, and this is a big however... marketing assumes a market-driven monetary system is how the expression of our unique quintessence thrives.
Not so. Although it's how the monetary system thrives. But you dear tap dancing bumblebee (or however your expression of Life naturally expresses itself from moment to moment) don't need to change your act if it's really an authentic expression of the you at your core that nobody else is.
I'm finding there's no need to freak out that you're going to be one of those archetypal starving artists (and I use "artist" in the broadest way - anyone that follows their innate muse and intrinsic motivation rather than the beck and call of the "market").
Here's the secret: Life supports it Self in all its myriad of expressions. Only and only when we cut ourselves off from our real self do things get dicey.
p.s. If you've watched the video, you'll see there's other honeyed rewards of being true to yourself.
p.p.s. "Prepare to challenge conventional notions of the artist as an isolated and improverished figure in society and discover a new paradigm for ways in which artists can create value in the world through their own creative process."
I like that call to action. A free one-day symposium on "Art and Abundance" will be held at JFK University Department of Arts & Consciousness Berkeley (California) Campus on November 11 from 2-5 p.m. RSVP at jfku.edu or call 510-649-0499 for more information. I intend to go.