Monday, June 22, 2020

Have You Made Your Mid 2020 Resolutions Yet?

As you may recall, I'm pretty big on New Years' Resolutions. It's serious business for me. I break out the legal pad, the calendar, the pens, the highlighters and clear the whiteboards. It's a multi-week process that starts well before the New Year.

Well...2020 is a little different. This year, I had to stop and reconsider everything. I couldn't rely on the people around me behaving the same, and *I* certainly wasn't going to behave the same. While my overall goal is still in place, the landscape has changed drastically. So now is the time to adapt. It's not feasible for me to just struggle through the year as if everything was going to be the same.

So I'm pulling out the half-used legal pad, the 6 month calendar, the dirty highlighter, and using the remaining space on the whiteboard. It's time to get to working out the next steps. Because I'll be damned if I don't make the most of the situation.

It's like the wise Mike Tyson said about planning...

- Mr Benja -

Should Artists Cash In On The Flavor Of The Month?

I used to have a problem with people "cashing in" on the current wave of social discourse or media hype, and I still do. BUT since I've started engaging with more people more often (thank extroverts), I've come to a much better understanding of the art that takes part in genuine discussions with the public.
In fact, the BEST artists do it without cashing in. They're able to channel the vibe of what everyone is thinking/feeling and add relevancy. This is why pop art spoke to me many years ago before
Get in that conversation and be genuine. It can be dangerous/scary, but it's fully in line with being an artist. Just beware of being an artist that's only there to cash in. That's for bums.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

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