Do you want to make art or do you want to be a famous lifestyle brand?
Are the two mutually exclusive?
This is a question I have been considering within a larger conversation about collaboration. There is no right or wrong here, but I do think the distinction is important. I also think if you are an artist it would be worth considering your answer to this question.
If I sold tables…
If I sold tables I would likely spend my time huffing saw dust, painstakingly measuring cuts, remarking on how you can never have too many wood clamps, etc…
If I sold tables I would invest in tools of the trade that make it easier and faster to do my job. These tools might include: a miter saw, circular saw, wood clamps, more wood clamps, MORE WOOD CLAMPS, a planer, a jointer, more wood clamps, etc…
If you’re like me you might suck at celebrating. Why is it so hard to sometimes jump up and down in excitement? To shout out a whoop of joy? To dance a jig on the table in celebration?
This idea keeps bouncing around in my head. I can’t drop it. I think maybe we all suck at celebrating. You may be the exception, if so please help the rest of us out.
What are the things that get in the way?
YOUR IDEAL WORK WEEK
I sat with a friend at a coffee shop and we discussed his growing freelance business. He was frustrated. He works a 50 hour a week job to pay the bills, but wants more time to work on his own business. Out of curiosity I asked, “Once you’re full-time with your business what do you want your week to look like?”
“You wake up on Monday. Then what?”
A few months back I received an email from Spotify with a link to a survey. I participated in the survey. For the most part the survey consisted of questions about all the different types of music services I, as an artist, pay for. For example, professional photography, engineers, mixers, producers, etc… I thought it was interesting at the time that Spotify wanted this information.
Zach Hughes is the founder of Lost Harbor Music. Zach is an independent music producer & recording engineer based out of Nashville, TN.