The Scaling of Creative Purpose.

There are various motivations that propel artists in their career pursuits. Some artists embark on their careers in response to an authentic calling towards their craft or instrument. Other careers evolve by happenstance through the hustle of making ends meet. Some artists take up their craft as a means of salvation and centering in the eye of chaos—while others are motivated by a need for validation. Regardless of the reasons or circumstances that initiate an artist’s first professional steps forward, the one commonality of creative professions, regardless of genre or craft, is in the challenges experienced at every altitude that test and shape the purest of motivations. Through mentorship

The Gateway to Creative Perpetuity.

Life happens. It’s a phrase that denotes the unpredictability of the human experience. For many artists and creatives, the response to those uncertainties can determine their ability to progress in their craft—in their willingness to adapt to change or their efforts to preserve their control over the narrative of their future. Jazz master, pianist and artist mentor, Herbie Hancock, outlined this principle in the following excerpt from his autobiography, Possibilities: “We all have a natural human tendency to take the safe route—to do the thing we know will work—rather than taking a chance. But that’s the antithesis of jazz, which is all about being in the present. Jazz is about being in the

Finding Contentment in the Leafing of Creative Purpose.

There are various motives that inform an artist’s hopes and ambitions—one of the most common and primary being financial comfort and success. For most artists, the fragility of those ambitions becomes increasingly evident against the reality of the odds encountered in their efforts to realize career success, which can sometimes result in disillusionment—a reality that is vividly portrayed throughout the narrative of the hip-hop classic, Money Trees by artist and Pulitzer Prize winner, Kendrick Lamar. When that disillusionment is coupled with professional or financial stagnancy during the creative career, it can work to increase an artist’s susceptibility to the judgment of the marketplace an

Faith and the Reverse Engineering of Hope for Artists & Creatives.

Faith plays an important part in the development of the creative career—empowering artists with the confidence and ability to take the necessary action steps and risks to realize their craft and potential. In addition, practicality and common sense are also instrumental in strengthening and sustaining an artist’s career arc in their ability to successfully recognize and evaluate the need for change and avoid the hands-free decision-making that often results in unnecessary pitfalls due to a lack of knowledge or accountability. Despite their co-existence as career assets, for some artists, the balance of faith and practicality can sometimes lead to career paralysis or flawed compassing in thei

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