Monday, August 27, 2018

Fighting the Doubt

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.” - Voltaire

It’s there...waiting. That gnawing, seemingly nonsensical, but real all the same feeling: doubt.

Is this REALLY what you should be doing? Is this creative pursuit that you’ve chosen to do really what you should be doing with your time, money, and all the work it takes?

Now we could get into lots of reasons why you are experiencing doubt about your creative craft. They could range from no funds to pursue it, no reaction from people this week, in a rut or dry artistic period, or maybe you blame...I don’t know...who could it be...satan???

Certainly our artistic pursuits can be attacked by all these things. It’s all too easy to wake up and think to yourself...do I really want to do this? And it feels silly, because sometimes it happens right when you have just experienced success or real connection with those who you connect with your creativity.

I’ve written several times on this sort of thing, but it’s always good to remember this one thing: If you are meant to do this (and likely you have been doing this creative thing your whole life), you are going to keep doing it when this funk passes.

So here are some thoughts about how and why to combat doubt.

Remember who created you

So you know God made you in His image. You accept that all the gifts and talents you have been given are from Him right? So if you believe all that, what would ever let you think that you were NOT supposed to use your creative talents for Him? Why else would you have them?

It’s easy to believe what the world tells you; that you need to do “good” for the world. But the world is just that...the world. God is God. Capital G. The great Creator. Capital C. There should be no more doubts after this point.

Take a break

We can take ourselves and the ‘responsibility to our talent” way too seriously. Go see a movie. Go to an amusement park. Binge watch a TV show on Netflix. Let other people’s creativity entertain you and give yours a break. Often I find that being fed by some other creative vision (a movie, a TV show, a book store, or amusement park) gives me the push I need to get back into things and realize that my creativity is exactly what I need to be doing.

Take a longer break

Go on vacation (preferably the beach and watch the ocean all day...for a week). There’s nothing like getting away from the day in and day out of responsibilities and rigermerole to give you fresh perspective. I suggest the beach or Disney or someplace you can really turn your mind off for a week. You’ll find perspective, and usually a fresh spirit to move forward bravely and fiercely.

Get Better

“Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.” - William Shakespeare

Doubt can be a good thing. Maybe it’s telling you you aren’t good enough. And maybe you aren’t!!

If you feel you aren’t good enough or talented enough, but know that you have some modicum of talent that you can use for His glory...get better. Yes, it is THAT easy. Take a class. Work with someone better than you. Learn, practice, grow...strive to be better. Don’t doubt you are good enough if you haven’t worked hard to be better. Don’t doubt that God wants you to do something with your talents if you haven’t worked to keep honing them, improving them, and reaching people with them.

Get Out There

Sometimes it feels like no one is listening, so why bother? Why keep banging your head against a wall if no one is ever going to blessed by the creative stuff you do? Likely the problem is that a magic door has not opened, a record deal has not been offered to you, an invitation to join the worship team has not been extended, or a spotlight has not shone on you in front of thousands.

The reason for this void of recognition or lack of opportunity is less about your talent, and more about it never getting out there in the first place. If you feel you have made that effort to get out, then perhaps you just haven’t put out what you need to, or you haven’t reached the right audience.

And getting out there doesn’t mean on the stage. There’s a stage you can get on right now. Whether you do a live video on your Facebook page, or record a video and put it out to your FB or YouTube audience, it’s a stage that requires no invitation or booking. You can get out there if you choose to.

Have faith

“Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.” - Khalil Gibran

Just like you can’t know happiness if you never experience sadness, you can’t have faith without ever having doubt. If you can’t have faith in your abilities, your talent, or your opportunities, at least have faith that God has you. He has plans for you. He gave you talents for a reason. It may just take some time to realize them.

Be confident there is a plan, and that it may take a vacation, some work, meeting the right people to help, learning some things, and/or finding the right audience before the doubt completely goes away.

But as a life long creative I can promise you, doubt will always creep back in. It’s part of the deal, part and parcel of a creative life. Don’t let it rule you, stop you, or freeze you. Just work through it because it’s just part of the amazing, fun, crazy life of a creative.

“Doubt can motivate you, so don't be afraid of it. Confidence and doubt are at two ends of the scale, and you need both. They balance each other out.” - Barbra Streisand

Have a great day!


For the Creative Soul is familiar with doubt, we doubt all the time. We see it all the time in the creatives we work with. If you have questions, feel free to contact us here.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sing a New Song

“Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.” - Psalm 149:1

I’ve learned something in my work with artists in the church, at school, and even just with other musicians in general: they are scared of "new". It’s like if they do something other than what has been done before, people will be confused, or maybe frightened by this new thing.

You know who’s not scared of new things? God. And it’s kind of obvious... (Gird up your loins, a litany of quotes in this post!)

“Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” - Psalm 33:2-3

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” - Psalm 40:3

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” - Psalm 96:1-3

“Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.” - Psalm 98:1

“I will sing a new song to you, my God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you.” - Psalm 144:9

“Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.” - Isaiah 42:10

And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. - Revelation 14:3

God loves a new song. It shows Him several things.

We’re not robots.

We’re not just mindless automatons repeating phrases over and over again. A new song is pure glorification. It is an act of pure praise towards God, not the mechanical routine of worshipers for the sake of routine worship. He is NOT a routine God.

We’re not the Pharisees.

They got stuck in the past, refusing to accept the New Testament that God was bringing, that we now know to be our complete salvation! So we will NOT be like them and only preach the old, but revel and champion the new!

New Song is Infinite. Like God Himself.

No finite set of songs can capture God’s amazing greatness. So we have to endlessly invent new songs to demonstrate our love and understanding of this.

The New Song is our Holy Spirit.

Making a new song is a risk, like walking on water. If we accept and embrace the risk of creating something new, and taking chances, it makes it obvious that we rely on God through Faith and the Spirit.

God loves when new things are made.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:19

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17

Or as the King James sayeth:

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.” - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

God loves NEW!! But He wants us to bring a new song not just to the church, but to our own lips, and to the world! He wants to be seen as ever-changing and ever-evolving. That’s why only older songs, or even a song we heard someone else sing just won't be good enough. We sing a new song because we have and are changed and evolved too!

“We must sing our new songs because we are new people. We are not the same people who were saved during the third century. We are not the same people who were saved during the Reformation or the Great Awakening or even the 1910s. God wants us to articulate our praise in our own words and our own songs! Here we find an inconsistency in many churches. We rightly stand against ritualistic prayers and stolen sermons, yet some insist on exclusively singing a bygone generation’s praise.” - James Steinbach

Don’t be afraid of making a new song, which could also mean being a part of a new thing. It’s how we grow as a church, as Christ followers, as creatives, and especially as children of the Great Creator himself.

“God will never cease to inspire awe in us about the breadth and depth and height of who He is and his mind-boggling love for us in Christ, and we get the joy of continuing to create and sing new songs of praise to Him for it.” - David Mathis

Have a great week and sing a new song (have I made that clear?)

--
At For the Creative Soul, creating is what drives us, and what should drive you too. Your new song may not even be a song. Maybe it’s just being part of a new song, or it’s a new painting, or some other new creative thing you have done. Maybe it’s being part of a new thing that is happening in your church or in your life that honors God.

If you a Christian music artist or songwriter and need help making a new song, contact us at creativesoulonline.com or get inspired at our site for all creatives, cre8iv.com

Monday, June 18, 2018

Asking vs. Wishing

“Life punishes the vague wish and rewards the specific ask.”

Most of us have a vague wish that our music, our art, our films, or whatever we do creatively will be consumed and appreciated. Maybe we will even be remunerated for our creative endeavors. Money! For nothing! And the chicks for free!

But we have this fear that if we come out and ask someone to purchase a CD, or hire us for a show, or tell people why our art is important, we will be repudiated. (How about these 10-cent words eh?)

In general, the quote above is true. Have you ever noticed the person who speaks up, who asks for what they want, generally gets it? While we meek, polite sheep waiting for what we want end up standing in the corner, meekly hoping for the things we really want.

Once in New York City, I was hoping for a table, as we had purchased some deli food in a busy mall and there was literally no where to sit. We ended up eating standing up by the condiments station. (The food was so good!) As we were finishing, I noticed a young native New Yorker who had just ordered his food walk up to a table (that was just sitting there talking, clearly finished) and asking if they were done. They said, oh, yes, and he got the table.

He asked specifically, while we just "hoped" a table would empty.

“The squeeky wheel gets the grease.”

Like it or not, you and I live in a world where action and forwardness get results. The customer who frequently reminds the business of their issue, or their needs, gets attention. While the person who got less than great service, but who doesn’t want to appear greedy or ungrateful, says nothing...and gets nothing.

I often tell clients who say they don’t want to bother me...to bother me! I can’t know they need something or want something or have a concern unless they say so.

In a similar way, I have no idea if you are needing help with your talents somewhere out there in the world if you never email, call, or somehow get in touch. It takes action to get things going people.

Now I’m not saying that we need to be jerks to get our art out there. But we do need to be aggressive and forward, which can be done without being a jerk or bothersome. It just takes consistency, focus, and simply specifically asking for what we want.

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours..” - Henry David Thoreau

Have a great week!


For the Creative Soul is a service of Cre8iv Entertainment, Inc., a multi-faceted creative, action-oriented company that focuses on educating, creating, producing, and marketing creatives for success. We’re working, want to get working too?

Find out more about us at cre8iv.com or find your creative direction below.

Christian/Gospel Ministry and Music - CreativeSoulOnline.com
Jazz Recording and Career - CreativeSoulJazz.com
Positive Music for Film/TV/Advertising - PositiveSpinSongs.com
Watch our Artists/Hear our Music - Cre8iv.tv

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Creating for Consumption

“Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to, only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.” - Adam Smith

Consume is a strange word. Both it and consumption sound like bad things for some reason. But really, that’s what we create things for...so they will be consumed. Just like a meal is prepared to be consumed, or fuel exists to be consumed, we create art for consumers.

We worry about this more than we know. Music artists and songwriters want their music to be heard (and consumed), painters want their paintings to be seen (and consumed); almost anyone who makes art wants it to be experienced in some way.

It’s actually a great time to be alive if you create art. Thanks to the internet, we have a whole world that we can show our creations to. Now, as we all know this is easier said than done. How do you make noise in such a large market?

Beyond that, what other options are there to get your work consumed? Sure, you’d love to make some money at it, but are you more worried about getting paid...or being consumed?

It’s a choice you have to make with many artists choosing to give their art away for free. Strangely, both selling creative things and giving it away requires a lot of work!

Selling to Consumers

In this case, let’s call consumers people who enjoy music, art, dance, comedy, photography, video or whatever you do. There are several usual directions to buying consumers of art.

  1. Perform/Present. If you are a musician, painter, artist, dancer, comic, or other performing artist, you can still get your art in front of people and do your thing, as it has been done for centuries. It’s the oldest way for audience consumption of your art, and still is as popular. Most times, live performers are paid for their work, and also allows for product sales.
  2. Digital Distribution. This is likely the next most popular way to get people consuming your art. Putting music on Spotify, videos on YouTube, pictures on Instagram, or whatever digital site or app you prefer. These are available to everyone, and they are pretty much free. Unfortunately, the sales or money from online distribution can be low, especially for new artists starting out.
  3. Physical Distribution. This doesn’t exist as much for music as music CD distribution is almost dead. Art shows are still a staple for selling copies of art or photography. Video sales/rentals are still strong, but more so for major Hollywood productions.

Giving Away to Consumers

There’s also a growing model built around the “free” principle that says to find ways to use free as a distribution model. In other words, give away the stuff that you can and charge for things like performance, selling live etc.

It is proven that people will consume things, especially if it is given as a gift. Author Chris Anderson (“Free”, “The Long Tail”) talks about a gift economy we live in today. Many of us were raised on “buy one, get one free” that still makes us buy things at Publix we wouldn’t normally buy walking in.

I’ve given away hundreds of CDs this year, and people are consuming them because they were free. It might be a model we all need to look at, because kids growing up now are getting pretty used to free.

“... a generation raised on the free Web is coming of age, and they will find entirely new ways to embrace waste, transforming the world in the process. Because free is what you want – and free, increasingly, is what you're going to get.” - Chris Anderson

Why Consumption is So Important

While it seems a rather dire way to put it, the message is clear: No matter if we sell it, show it in a video, put a CD or book in someone’s hands either free or sold, our goal with our art must be that it is seen, heard, and ultimately consumed by someone. It’s how we know what the reaction is. It’s how we know we changed someones day with our art. It’s how people are blessed by the talents God has given us.

It’s not about promoting yourself. It’s not even necessarily about making money. It’s about letting people think about and digest the words you write, hear and be moved by the notes you sing or play, and to be captivated and inspired by the images, video, or art you put in front of them.

“My ultimate aim would be to captivate an audience, even just for a second.” - Tabrett Bethell

Have a great week!

For the Creative Soul is a free a service for all creatives. For more about all the creative things we do, go to cre8iv.com

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Created For a Purpose

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week’s blog is pretty short and sweet, but perhaps one of the most important.

You were created for a purpose. You are God’s unique design, that He created to do things only YOU can do.

It may not feel that way all the time, but there are things that only you can do. You have something different, something that for whatever reason, whatever life has thrown at you, where you are from, or what particular skills you have, it makes you special.

And that specialness, that uniqueness, that particular thing you do is why you here on this earth.

You know what it is. You know the thing that you do, that you can’t help doing. That talent, that creative or natural skill. It is just what you do.

It’s not chance. It’s not happenstance, or coincidence.

You were put here for a reason. So whether you believe in God, the universe, or the freakin’ Force, it’s time to quit denying it, putting it off, or not making the time.

“I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us. When you develop that and you believe in yourself and you believe that you're a person of influence and a person of purpose, I believe you can rise up out of any situation.” - Joel Osteen
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

Have a great week!


For the Creative Soul is written for the creative artist inside all of us. How will YOU be creative this week? For more creative articles like this one, go to http://www.FortheCreativeSoul.com

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Living a Part-time (Full-time) Creative Life


"Being a rock n' roll star ain't a part-time gig." - Steven Van Zandt
So, you’ve decided that either your job is too lucrative to quit for the paltry income an arts career may provide. Or, you’ve just chosen to keep creative talent special and not your main job, even though it may be fun (basically my last article scared you off the idea!)

Well, I’m here to tell you that 90% of the music artists and songwriters I’ve worked with over the last 30 years are just like you. They are folks who have regular jobs, or are stay at home moms or dads, or just enjoy the outlet that their artistic calling gives them in the nooks and crannies of their life. 

Now with that said, it’s important to note that not all 90% of people who do something creative part-time treat it lightly. In fact, half of those people, and indeed half of the people I have worked with who create art, music, write, or whatever, are completely driven by it, even if they have a full-time job doing something else.

I call this a part-time (full-time) creative life. I did it for years when I worked other jobs besides music, and in many ways, I still do it! 

Even as I go about being a busy big picture guy and executive producer for artists and songwriters, I have MY music, writing, and other brands that I am very serious about it. Just like you, it occupies my every waking thought and is what I let my mind dream about. I plan what I’m going to do with my different personal artistic brands, and I work full-time on them in my mind, even though I am also working full-time for others.

How does this work? How do you keep a full-time artistic life going while also working full-time? Well, here’s how I do it.

Lists, Lists, Lists
"Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort." - Paul J. Meyer
I often say if it wasn’t for Evernote, I'd have no idea how I would do everything I do. Really any note program, or even a hard copy journal or notebook that you always keep with you will do. What I like about Evernote is that it’s with me no matter what device I’m working on or where I am. Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, it doesn’t matter. Likely one of those devices is going to be with me wherever I might be. That way as an idea comes along randomly for a new song, story, production process, blog post, business idea, or just something that I want to add to one of those, I am able to jot it down.

I keep lists on everything. From my To Do list where I keep everything I need to do for clients, songlists of each client, new song, blog, or business ideas, to my own personal To Do lists for each music or business brand I am trying to work on of my own.

When I am bored, or wanting to be creative, I go to my lists and edit. They remind me what I need to be doing with my time. I pick the one that interests me most at that moment, and I get to it. 
"I make lists to keep my anxiety level down. If I write down 15 things to be done, I lose that vague, nagging sense that there are an overwhelming number of things to be done, all of which are on the brink of being forgotten." - Mary Roach
Pick Your Spots

Where in your schedule can you carve out a few hours to work on your craft? Is it early in the morning before everyone gets up? Is it an hour after everyone goes to bed? Is it a few hours at a bright and sunny coffee shop where you can sit alone with some headphones on, tune out the world and focus on your creative goals and ideas? It is a lunch break where you can sit under a tree and add to or edit your lists? This can can let you see progress as you cross out things you’ve done towards your goals.

It’s absolutely crucial to have these times you can focus. Maybe that time needs to be spent actually creating and not tending to lists. Maybe you have times set aside for both. But with a busy full-time day job, and especially if you also have a family to be there for, it is absolutely imperative that you have this time set aside.
"You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it." - Charles Buxton
Don’t Forget to Create

It is pretty easy to get all wrapped up in planning and never get to the creating. Lists can help, because they remind you of that creative thing you need to do. But the DOING can be the real problem, and it doesn't matter where you are or when it is.
"They can put me in a jungle. Still, I can create." - M. F. Husain
Maybe it’s a selfie video of a new cover song. Maybe it’s to sit down and finish that chapter or section of your book that is holding up your novel? Whatever it is, you need to get to it. It’s too easy to live wanting to do something creative, planning to do something, and never get anything done because life happens. I regret all the years I ignored my music and writing because I was working too much or being distracted by other things.

Above ALL creating is the most important thing you can do if this is your calling. So without endangering your family, your health, or job, it’s probably your next important thing in life. 
"A creative person has to create. It doesn't really matter what you create. If such a dancer wanted to go out and build the cactus gardens where he could, in Mexico, let him do that, but something that is creative has to go on." -  Katherine Dunham
Share Your Talent
"Oh, how miserable it is to have no one to share your sorrows and joys, and, when your heart is heavy, to have no soul to whom you can pour out your woes." - Frederic Chopin
Even though I was ignoring my own music and writing during some years, I still was working hard for other artists and songwriters. I don’t feel that time was wasted as I was sharing the creative talents God gave me. Maybe some of you reading this use your talents in church or education for others. But there is also sharing with others your talents from YOU. And that is something we all are usually somewhat reticent to do. It’s not easy to shine a spotlight on yourself. It doesn’t come naturally for everyone. But we have to do it.

It’s not about being a “star” or quitting your job to pursue this full-time like we talked about last time. It’s about sharing the talents God gave you publicly. Now this can be done in your church, or even via video now via Facebook or YouTube. It doesn’t have to be a solo thing. But finding ways for people too consume your talents in some way is key. 

If it’s your own work it may be difficult to share in your church or school for many reasons. The internet provides many options for authors, singers, songwriters, artists, and more to the world. There are even ways to make part-time income using your creative talents on services such as UpWork, Fiverr, and Thumbtack.

Yes, your full-time, part-time creative life can make you some money too. And in fact it should! But it doesn’t have to. You could choose to give everything you create away for free, and there are some reasons you should think about that. But that too...is another post.

Have a great week, Creatives!

--

You can live whichever creative life suits you, full-time or part-time, just do one! For more creative blog posts like this one, go to FortheCreativeSoul.com

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Making a Living, Making Art

You know the feeling.

You are consumed by the music, writing, painting, poetry, dancing, whatever it is you make. How it makes you feel. There’s really nothing like it in the world. It consumes your every thought even when you are not doing it. Many times when I am not working on a song, story, or some other creative project, I am thinking about it. Planning it out in my head. Sometimes jotting down new ideas to implement later.

If it’s music, it’s the chords, melody, or lyrics. The way it sounds when you hit that final note. The peace it brings you to know you made that. If you’re a writer, it’s getting those words out on paper, or getting feedback on what you wrote in a blog or book. If you are painter, it’s about the finished piece hanging up in front of you. The satisfaction that it is done. A thing made.

Sometimes other people feel those same things about your art, but that doesn’t always matter as much as just how good it feels to make it.

If only there was a way to make money at this. Whether that means you find someone to pay you to make art all day, or you just do it on your own and find a way to sell your art. It really doesn’t matter. You just want to to make a living doing it.

Then comes the hard decision. Does it become the way you make your money to pay your bills and live? Should it? Can it?

The Case Against

Going full time making art is not easy. It requires very low expectations of income. If you have a spouse making income enough to cover bills, and your family can live on that, it’s another story. But if you are the chief bread winner for yourself or your family, being a full-time artist is more than challenging.

Selling your art, whether in person in live concerts, showings, or other live events, or online sales requires supreme focus on events, new product, and sales, sales, sales. If you are hoping to support your family by being a performing artist of any kind, it means that booking yourself is as important as performing or even making new art.

I think the real issue is that your “art” can become work, and that is a problem. Then the thing you love becomes this thing that has so much pressure on it to make money, that it ceases to be that thing you even want to think about. It’s just work. And that is no way to think about the thing which used to excite you and keep you dreaming about it all the time.

This is especially the case if you work for other people doing your art. It can become very easy to be doing “their” art and not your own. They may even limit your artistic addition or ideas in favor of their own. This can be very irritating, if not downright soul-crushing at times. We jokingly call it “living the dream”, but it can become a nightmare over the years. People will say you are so lucky, but you will find yourself wondering why you aren’t following your muse like you used to.

The Case For

OK, if you aren’t completely depressed by now, let’s talk about some reasons to focus every bit of creative energy you can, and how to make a living doing it.

I’ll start off by saying, if you can get to a point where most or even a portion of your bills are covered by doing creative things YOU love to do, there is no greater feeling. Even if that just means being able to treat your family to a dinner based on artistic earnings. Pretty cool.

It may take years of trial and error, it may take being laser-focused on hard work, but you can make a living doing ONLY what you want. But you have to want it more than anyone else, and you have to MAKE it happen. Daily. I know a music ministry that has supported a family of eight traveling across the US in an RV for years now. But that would never happen without full time attention to not only performing, but also booking, planning, social media updating, tons of emailing, and living a life like no one else. But guess what, that’s what it takes.

I sound like Dave Ramsey. You will live (sacrificing and working all the time) like no one else so you can live (as a creative full-time) like no one else. You’ll work 60 hour weeks and not think about it. Because it won’t feel like work. If you do it right, it will be fun and relaxing to do, and the hours you spend doing it will fly by.

The biggest plus? You can leave the artistic legacy on this world that God put you here for (which you can also do if you don’t do it full time by the way).

Now, what if you want to just do this part time? How do you do that along side your job? Well, that is another blog...maybe next week?

Have a great week Creatives!

EC
--
Eric Copeland makes his whole living off making art for others by others, and his by him. As president of Creative Soul Records, he helps other build brands to make art and a few work to make that a living. He is still working on making his own art his living....

Read more about Eric's plight to make a living making art at EricCopelandMusic.com and more about Creative Soul at CreativeSoulOnline.com. Read more blog posts like this at FortheCreativeSoul.com

About the Author

My photo
Eric Copeland is an author, producer, keyboardist, songwriter, and president of Creative Soul Companies. What is Creative Soul? Our main goals are to inform, encourage, and assist Christian creative folks in ministry, no matter where they are in their journey. Thanks for reading! Find out more about us at http://www.CreativeSoulOnline.com