The other day, I sent out an email blast to indie artists and songwriters on my email list. I was sharing about what we offer through Indie Impact Promotions, and my new online course for Christian indie artists, Indie University.
In that email, I asked everyone how it was going in their music and mission. I was hoping to hear back from some who I could then engage and serve. I did hear back from some, letting me know what they were up to and how they were progressing. That made me happy, to learn they had not given up. I see so many artists giving up these days, and I have mixed feelings about it. In one regard, I see it as a great winnowing of chaff that needed to be burned off in order for new growth in the fields. On the other hand, it made me sad that many are not seeing growth and progress and are laying down their gifts and talents and for some, their call.
Here is one reply I wanted to share, anonymously of course.. But read what this person wrote to me. I’ll share my thoughts below.
Thanx for the email! As far as my music stuff goes, I’ve not been doing much. Haven”t written anything in over 12 months–havent really been inspired. There are times when i think about participating in your CCM exposure program. Yet my songs are not yet “commercial ready” quality. I need to do more remixing. But, since I’m not doing anything musically, there is no justifiable reason to put anymore effort into the songs. Things might change if I were to stumble upon someone with whom I could collaborate with.
Wow.. very interesting reply. This artist has basically given up. They have what they think is mediocre content (at least they are truthful in their self evaluation, which is a plus).. so they are hesitant to promote it. (I totally understand and agree) They admit they need to do more work at it.. but then follow it up with they aren’t doing anything with their music, so they can’t justify working on it and bettering their craft and content. However, they leave the door open if they “stumble” upon someone.
This poor person is stumbling, and that mades me sad for them. I can’t imagine going through life stumbling around, drifting about, wafting in the wind, just hoping to go in any direction. However, I do understand where they are coming from.
There is a lack of work here, and lack of faith. It really takes both to see an increase in whatever it is we want to do or need in our lives. I totally get that as well, I have to make decisions daily in order to take care of everything on my plate. Sometimes I just want to bury it all, and drift myself.
The parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) came to my mind after reading their reply. It sure appears they have buried their talent, desires, dreams, ambitions, goals, hopes…. Not sure if it is because of fear, or laziness, or lack of desire. Maybe all 3. Maybe they just don’t know how to go from Point A to Point B.
I’ll be covering this and so much more in my Indie University series of educational/motivational classes starting up September 8, 2014. Check it out. Maybe you are like this artist, who simply needs to know you are not alone, that you are struggling for direction, or worth, or who knows what and needs to hear it from a “professional” there is a way to be more effective and accepted.
Indie University won’t be only about improving ones art, it will also be about the renewing of the heart. I hope you will join us!
Keep up the excellent Faith-Work!