If you’re like me, wanting to support yourself through your creative interests, there comes a point when you’re going to think about scale.
To scale in business–and this creative endeavor you have will want to be unless it will forever be a hobby–has a few meanings, but mainly it means to grow. Almost every artist I know wants to be known for what they do. Some seek riches, some seek fame. And on the quest for either, we will come to a point where we may have to sacrifice something in order to push forward. The list of sacrifices can be pretty exhaustive but I’ll list the ones I’ve happened upon. Family time, social time, integrity, transparency and authenticity.
I think that most people will agree that when you stop feeling comfortable doing what you’re doing, it may not be worth it anymore.
And that’s usually the breaking point.
I stop myself so often from cheating people out of the real me. Several opportunities have come my way where if I just tweak or manipulate a few things I can get more money. Or if I lie about something, more exposure. None of that sits well with me. But I wonder if there are anybody who’s had major success, and I mean Uber success, like the superstars of their industry–that’s gotten there without selling out something.
There are tons of original artists, just in my local area, who will probably never get the recognition they deserve. And that’s sad. But the reality is, not all of us are going to make something of ourselves. Some of us will quit, some of us will mess up along the way, but some of us will see what we’re doing wrong and make changes.
But I’m convinced the megastars of our time didn’t get there without sacrificing something.
I’ll keep myself as humble as Keanu Reeves does most of the time.