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#1 posted 07-29-2010 02:59 PM

To become a successful “artist” is much like becoming a successful musician, actor, writer, etcetera. There are three basic factors involved.

1. Talent
2. Persistence
3. Luck

You can make it on any combination of those three things, as long as you have #3. But all the skill, talent, and persistence in the world will not get you to a high level of success unless you have some luck along the way.

The turnings you mentioned are a perfect example of what I’m saying. You know that there are folks posting here on LJ’s who are capable of similar quality work, but that guy selling $10,000 vases just happened to get the right exposure at the right time, and he developed a reputation. Have you ever looked at some of the high-priced paintings in an art gallery? They could have been done by a blind monkey with a set of crayons, but they are fetching $20k!

The same is true for all artistic endeavors. Here in New Orleans, I often see street performers who are more talented than a lot of people selling millions of records. Hell, for that matter, I’ve been writing music for almost 40 years. I guarantee you that at least a dozen songs I’ve written could have been million sellers if performed by the right artist and given good air play. Which leads to another point…. A lot of it has to do with marketing. But that’s a whole ‘nother topic.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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