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“There was a hermit monk living in a cave in the mountains of Japan.
He was a talented artist, and over time he painted a picture of a tiger on the wall of the cave. He was extremely meticulous in his work, and it took him several years to finish. When it was finally done, the tiger was so realistic that when he looked at it he became frightened.”
Excerpt From: Goldstein, Joseph. “Mindfulness.”
How much of our day is spent on “Painted Tigers?” In this Zen story, the monk becomes frightened of his own creation. But, not just his creation, what the creation represents. If it is indeed an image that becomes real in his mind, it could certainly eat him now or if he stays in his cave, it could eat him in the future.
Can an image kill you? Of course not, or can it?
What you hold in you mind, an image from the past that hurt you, an image that makes you apprehensive of the future will define your reality. I’ll take myself for example. Cold calling artists I would like to work with fills me with dread. Why? Any time I reach out to someone I do not know already, who doesn’t know my work, there is always the possibility of rejection, and that is a painted tiger.
I remember all the times I called people in the past and they rejected me – painted tiger. Never mind that I’m relatively successful and I have also reached out with great success. But, in the moment I don’t remember the successes, only the failures. Rationally I know why, because they cause psychic pain!
Our minds are optimized for two things: to seek pleasure and to avoid pain. Of the two, avoiding pain (like being attacked by a Tiger!) is the stronger of the two instincts, and on a primal level your mind doesn’t differentiate between a tiger and a phone call. So, it becomes easy that in our attempts to avoid pain we paralyze ourselves.
The kicker is that paralysis also causes pain. The pain of failure and regret for having not acted in the first place. It’s a vicious cycle. But, even as the cycle may have started many years ago with real pain, it is now and into your future only being perpetuated by a painted tiger.
You have a choice: You can continue to stare at your painted tigers and scare yourself into inaction. Or, you can choose to see it for what it is: an image from your past that is ruining your present and future.
By doing so, you paint over it and reclaim your power. What are your “painted tigers?” Declaring them publicly is a way to cast them aside. Feel free to use the comments to share.
Have you checked the wind direction lately?
Where are you going?
Are you still on course?
Did you decide along the way to head in another much more desirable direction than where you first intended to go, but suddenly find you are still headed towards your first destination?
Has a storm risen up, forcing you to set down for a while to wait for better conditions?
Have you followed a tributary inland and now find yourself fighting your way upstream?
Has the sea totally dried up and you find your boat aground?
After you choose a destination, it’s easy to not notice what’s happening around you if the first part of the journey goes smoothly. You think you’re focused, but focused on what? It’s easy to wait until it’s too late to change course. We have so many distractions, so many things trying to get our attention that it’s no wonder that obvious changes to the environment can take us by surprise.
Any port in a storm is often a mistake. It’s preferable to sail through the tempest. You may know you don’t have the skill set to enter the storm, but if you can survive you will have the skills forever after. No storm can then frighten you and you may even welcome them as they put you at your best.
Just be careful not to create storms where they don’t exist. They come from changing your destination from week to week because you can’t see past the horizon. That boat just sails in circles.
Check the wind direction, set the sails, push off and stay the course. But, remember that the only constant is change. Conditions may change to the degree that you abandon your ultimate destination for another. It’s life, we all need to do that from time to time, just make sure you are not compromising your truth or the desire of your soul.
So, have courage, be adaptable, watch the sea carefully and listen to the breeze as it whispers. The wind will tell you everything you need to know.
In the “Untethered Soul,” Michael Singer brings up the following concept: Picture a blind person with a red tipped white cane walking down the street. They move the cane back and forth tapping. They are not trying to find where to walk, they know where to walk. They are determining where not to walk. By staying on the middle path of their trajectory, they are staying safely between any obstacles.
We have a terrible tendency as humans to swing between extremes as we make our way. We hit obstacles at the edges and swing back the other way until we find an obstacle at the other extreme. These obstacles tend to be the sharp rocks of our own fears, biases, neuroses and perceptions. You find gossip, disrespect, paranoia, rejection and bullying there. Do you want to know why people get hysterical at work? They are out on one of the edges.
We’ve all known co-workers who are addicted to drama. Well, that drama is found at the edges. As they are getting scraped up by immovable objects, they are also doing all they can to drag others there as well. Before long, they will soon careen to the other extreme and beckon you there also. Left to these swings, a effective, energetic workplace can soon turn toxic.
There are many workplaces that will mistake this for progress. It’s not progress, it’s reactive, needless activity that in and of itself is wasted energy. It pushes people out or burns them out.
I’m not talking about the strenuous and rewarding action of forward momentum. I’m talking about impediments to forward momentum. A person on the edge is moving side to side, not forward or backward.
It’s most easily seen in our political climate. The polarization is this endless careening from side to side. One side holding their position on the edge against the other at the other edge. When administrations change sides, so do the parties. It creates intractability and stasis and it’s the people who lose. Where there is no middle, no progressives, there is no progress.
I think everyone, in every workplace, on every crew, has the best intentions of acting in the best interest of helping the endeavor be the best it can be. But, we’re human. Our natural tendency is to serve our self interest first. Once we do that, we’re headed towards the edge.
So, the trick to moving forward is to walk past the drama on either side of you and remain focused on progress. Check your own drama and correct course when necessary. In this sense, the middle way becomes the only way. If you stay in the calm middle, you can keep moving forward, even if in your peripheral vision you can see someone thrashing about on the edge. It doesn’t mean you have to join them there.
If you want to work effectively and you want to get things done, take the middle path. Beckon others there also. Take the middle path.
Let go. Yes, that’s it, let go. There comes a certain time where you have to let yourself fall into whatever it is you need to fall into. It could be organization, it could be disorganization. It could be progress, it could be regress. Only you know the answer to the question.
Anger is pointless, fear is pointless, so is joy if you are not walking to the edge and then falling through the barrier that you have set up for yourself there. This is business, this is life.
Sometimes, letting go is walking through the fire and sometimes it’s just walking away. Most of the time, the barrier looks like a dense forest that appears beautiful in its complexity, but too difficult to ever make your way through. It’s funny how we see accomplishment as pushing, pushing, pushing, when it is really relaxing into your fears and letting go of the barriers to success that exist only in your mind. The barriers that you’ve developed through years of positive and negative experiences that have taught you where the boundaries are. The boundaries appear to protect you from too much pain. But, they also protect you from too much joy, too much accomplishment and too much peace.
Walk up to those boundaries, relax and walk through. Let go.
There is a saying: be nice to assistants, receptionists and car valets. One day, they’ll be green lighting your projects.
There are many ways of doing business in Hollywood. The stereotype is the Agent as Shark. Plowing a way through the ocean, eating everything in sight and generally causing havoc. When you have the leverage, it’s easy to do that. But, with experience you learn that you should rarely do things because you can. Doing things because you can has no view of the long term. Instead, you do things that will be fair to everyone involved now.
You’re not kind to those under you because someday you may be under them, you’re kind because it’s right. Because, whether you realize it or not, when people are working under you, the way you conduct yourself teaches them how to treat those that will be working under them someday. It’s like the cycle of abuse. You can perpetuate it or you can break it.
You have a choice. You can continue Hollywood’s bad behavior or choose to take a moment, think about it, and make the choice between coldness or empathy, bullying or mentoring. Almost always, people are doing the very best they can. Berating them won’t make them better. It will freeze them where they are. In the end, if people disappoint you, you probably haven’t done a good enough job of teaching them what they need to know. Such is the mystery of power.
Kindness and understanding is not situational. It’s an operating system.
Once again, it’s a new year. OK, a little past New Years. I’ve been kind of busy lately (I’ll get to that in a blog post next week). Anyway, Is it going to be a fresh beginning? Is it going to be more of the same? Well, that’s always the question isn’t it? Maybe not for some people, but I think that if you can’t point to lessons you’ve learned and acknowledge that wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you’re learning. If you are paying attention, you can avoid making the mistakes of the past. If it seems like you’re not learning, you’re just not paying attention.
Over the holidays, I take time to reflect. Not just on the last year, but I think about what I’ve done over a course of many years to get where I am (wherever that is). It’s a process and there have been victories and mistakes. Every once in a while you have to take stock and hone things down to a few concepts you know have worked for you. In that spirit, here’s what I’ve been thinking about that has worked for me.
Invest in Yourself. Here’s why: no one else is going to do it. At least not in the long term. People will invest in you so long as their short term needs are being met and so long they maintain their profit margin. So, be an owner, and if that’s not possible yet work towards being an owner. How do you do that? Invent your job and when you’re done inventing your job, reinvent it. You do that by doing way more than your job description. Own your position and commit to your evolution within it. I’m not just talking about business. Invest in your physical well being, your mental well being, your spiritual well being. Own it all. If you are not doing the investments, own it and change it. If you are doing the investments, own the process, own the failures and successes equally.
If you’re already an owner, a freelance entrepreneur, an Artist: Examine your investment. Are you constantly making it more valuable with everything you do? Or are you undermining it with time wasters, vamping, avoiding issues or excuses? Be honest and make sure you are on track.
Study and Be Curious. When the world famous cellist Pablo Casals was 90 years old, someone asked him “why do you still practice 4 hours a day?” he replied: “because I think I’m making progress.”
When I’m not studying I notice. When I’m not studying I have the nagging feeling I am falling behind. Why do I care so much? Because this isn’t a frickin dress rehearsal. I’m on stage right now. My career is happening right now. I’m mentoring those around me right now. I’m building a business right now.
What are you trying to accomplish? Are you seeking out the best information to accomplish it? Are you stretching your mind and your skill set? People who know me well, know that I am a big fan of listening to business books on my commute. I am always looking for new ideas. If I could do it all over again, I would have started and maintained my discipline of studying whatever endeavor I was involved in a lot sooner than I did. If you are not constantly bringing new ideas into your life, if you are not practicing what you choose to master, you run the run the risk of maintaining your own status quo. Essentially, status quo doesn’t exist. It’s against the laws of physics to stand completely still. You’re always moving in one direction or the other. Make sure it’s forward.
Trust Your Gut – When people say “my gut is telling me…” they are usually right. You’re gut is the outward extension of your subconscious. Our subconscious is much more in tune with how we are really feeling, because it’s not susceptible to the constant brain chatter we engage in. The key with gut feelings is to separate them from excitement and fear. After you work through your reasoning on a decision, take a moment to breathe and be silent and let your gut weigh in.
Feel Like an Imposter – I am driven by fear, I admit it. I’ve also found that it’s a good place to be. So long as fear doesn’t paralyze you, it’s good to worry that you might be “found out.” It’s good to feel not as smart or talented as people think you are. It’s the trait I find most prevalent in successful artists. It makes you humble and focused. Fear handled correctly will make you study harder, practice harder and be more driven. Confidence is great, over confidence breeds mistakes.
Take Risks “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky. Usually attributed to Michael Jordan, but indeed he stole it from Gretzky. This one is very tough, especially if you have a lot of responsibility. It’s easy to stay where you’re at, do the things that got you to where you are now and maintain. You have to force yourself to step out of your comfort zone and try things that just might not work. We have two parts of the brain, our modern brain, which reasons and our primitive brain which controls our fight or flight response. Our primitive brain hates taking risks, because back when we were living in caves, if you took a risk that didn’t work out, you usually died. Our primitive brain doesn’t know the difference between a lion and making a cold call. You have to push through the physiology and risk failure. You also have to fail a lot to succeed.
In my youth I knew the theater impresario Hal Prince quite well. He once told me that only one third of the shows he produced over his career made money. It wasn’t lost on me that he he had to produce 9 shows to get 3 successful ones. He had to work on every one for years to find out if it was a success or a failure. That is commitment to process. That is knowing the math and accepting it. So, accept the math, get out there, take some risks, fail a lot and start realizing some successes.
Look to the Horizon – When I was learning to drive, I remember the instructor teaching us the concept of looking as far down the road as you can see and let your peripheral vision handle what is directly in front of you. That way you can see problems as they develop long before they reach you. This also pertains to opportunities. I’ve always been interested and excited in the future. The excitement of what’s coming. I’ve always looked down the road, it’s just now that I’m realizing how well it’s served me.
Have Some Things in the Pipeline – This is the game of what’s next? In the music industry, you can have a song, an album, a tour, but you’ll never get a record deal if you can’t tell the label what else they can sell after they’re finished selling what you have now. For every deal I’ve got, I have two more that are gestating in the background. For every move I make, I have two more long range ones that I’m working on. Some will work out in the long run, some won’t, but that’s not the point. Things worth the trouble take a long time to develop. You have to put in time on a variety of options and that’s hard when you’d like to have some instant gratification.
The truth never lives in what you say, the truth is always found in what you do – This is the most important one of all. People say a lot of things. I say a lot of things. Sometimes I’m thinking or fantasizing out loud. I do a lot less of that now, because as a leader, people tend to believe me when I say something and they expect it to happen. So, when I say something I have to back it up with action or lose my credibility. I’ve found it’s very powerful to put yourself in that position. The need to act based on my words will eat at me until I throw down and do something about it. Declarations may set a standard to be held to, but what you take action on is how you will be judged. What you take action on will determine your success. What you take action on tells the world your values, your standards and your true intent.
Good luck out there this year. Make some magic!
I’ve spent my entire career looking for a magic bullet. Yes, it’s true, I admit it. It’s naive, it’s purposeless and the laws of physics pretty much don’t work that way. The kicker is that I know better. Sorry, we all look for one, but there is no magic bullet.
I’m not a behavioral PHD, but my personal feeling is that the reasoning mind works so diligently to find solutions to any problem put in front of it, that at any point, the mind feels that it will find a permanent solution and move on to solve something else.
Lets take something completely inane. Say you have a coffee maker that you have to put water in every morning to make coffee. You hate that. I know I do. I just want coffee first thing, I don’t want any extra work to do. Eventually, you’re in Starbucks and notice they never have to put water in their machine. Why is that you ask? simple answer: they have it hooked up to a water line. You think, I can do that at home. So, you call a plummer, run a pipe from the main line (at great expense) to the coffee maker, problem solved permanently. I will never have to put water in the coffee maker again. You are totally satisfied, It’s a magic bullet. Until the coffee maker breaks. Then there’s a new problem. If I could only find a coffee maker that lasts forever and never breaks. Good luck with that one, I’m happy if I find one that makes it to New Years from Christmas Day.
We look for the magic bullet everywhere. The next project, the next relationship, the next business idea, the next job. Nothing solves permanently. At the risk of alienating my religious friends I’ll say that religion offers a magic bullet of permanent peace, permanent salvation, etc., etc. But, as the saying goes: “Jesus Saves,” not “Jesus Solves.” No matter how committed you are, there is still a lot of work and adjustment to do while walking around earth. Eternal life? That sounds like a magic bullet. I don’t know, I guess we’ll eventually find out.
Even the magic bullet in the movie JFK had a lot of work to do. As Kevin Costner kept reminding us. “Back and to the left. Back and to the left. That was one magic bullet.” If the magic bullet itself has to work so hard to be magic, what makes you think there are any shortcuts for you.
Every project is another opportunity to advance your skill set. It’s never a breakthrough in and of itself. Your success is not just out of reach. It’s happening right now. Success is the never ending process of realizing there is no magic bullet. This project leads to the next project. One challenge leads to another, so learn to take joy in the process of moving challenge to challenge. Do the best you can, find your way to the next one, and the next and the next.
Relationships are not any different. You are finding the way to the next moment. But, what moment are you finding your way to? Are you sculpting the moments or are you just watching them arrive and pass?
Since there is no such thing as a magic bullet, overnight success, perfect relationships, what are we to do to move things forward in our careers and life? The idea of creating conscious value. If you ask yourself in any situation, job, task, relationship, am I creating value now? The simple act of asking the question puts you much farther ahead than looking for a magic bullet.
You see, looking for the magic bullet is the act of looking for the world around you to bring something to you that will solve all your problems. But remember, a bullet’s trajectory, no matter how magic, will eventually succumb to gravity and end up in the dirt.
Creating value is the act of bringing something to the world around you which is a far more powerful position. For to create value is to break through the challenges and the transience for one shining moment of clarity and success. String together many moments of creating value and you will create a life well lived.
I heard something the other day: “Successful people have learned to like the process.” I think that’s true. When I look back on my career, I see that in the early years as an actor and then as a producer, I spent most of my time frustrated, miserable, moody and depressed. If it wasn’t happening I wondered: why isn’t it happening? If it was happening I wondered: why isn’t more happening? I don’t remember ever being satisfied. Quite frankly, I’m still not too sure that I’m satisfied. But, I have learned to like the process.
After all, lets face it, all of life is a process. More than that, it’s all a gift. No matter how you look at it. If you feel God divinely put you here or if you’re an athiest who feels that our time on earth is the result of random consequence. Either way it’s a miracle that we’re here at all. So, no matter how you look at it, it’s a gift. The process is a gift.
So, how does one learn to like the process? I think its about living in the moment. Granted, not all moments are created equal and some are just plain better than others, but when you think about it, this moment is really all you’ve got. It’s all that is truly real. Where you’re going, the end result and your perception of all that has happened in the past, even if it JUST happened, is now in the past and relegated to a figment of your imagination.
Moments are like a grand puzzle. If you’re concentrating hard on something it puts you in the moment. Your concentration is the process of trying to figure out how the work you are doing in the now will fit into a larger canvas of the end result.
Now, keep in mind I did not say learn to LOVE the process. There are some that love the process, but admitedy, the process is hard to love. Just ask the artist who is suffering from writer’s block. There may be parts of the process that you can love. However, any process has moments of drudgery and frustration. It’s in that moment when you remind yourself that this moment connects to the next moment, so fully commit to this one. Accept it for what it is and do the best you can to contribute something to the canvas. When you feel like you’ve made a contribution, you will like the moment. When you like the moment, you will begin to like the process.
It doesn’t matter whether you are writing a script, shooting test footage or making the dreaded cold calls to hustle up work. The moment is a beautiful thing. Remember, you have a finite number of them. The day will come when you run out of moments, so you might as well figure out how to fully engage and like as many moments as you possibly can.
My world can be a strange one. I’m helping to build a company and I have great aspirations and vision for it. But, it requires that I shape shift and I constantly find myself doing things that I am unfamiliar with. The unfamiliar sometimes fills me with great doubt about my skills, with uncertainly and frequent paranoia. Those are moments when I don’t “like” the process. Those moments are the ones when I just want to be an agent and do deals and help my clients reach their goals through closing the deal on the table, and I still do that everyday. But, there is the realization that through investing in the process of building a more powerful platform and learning new things I am helping my clients in ways that I never could before. It’s better for the company, the clients, the agents I work with and myself. If I commit to my process as entrpreneur AND agent we will all reach more of what we collectively aspire to.
At home we have a little white board next to the door. Adrienne and I take turns writing on it little inspirational sayings that we come across. Last week she wrote “Now is the only moment that lasts forever.” She wrote that before she got hit on the big toe with a cast iron cassarole pot lid, opening up her foot and requiring an ER visit and some stitches. Granted, that moment did seem to last forever, the swearing, the gushing blood, the hopping around. But, the reality is, it didn’t last forever. It also came and went. The three shots of Tequila helped move things along also, but the moment came and went.
So, what are you doing in this moment? Whatever it is, it will affect the next moment and the next and the next. It’s all connected. That’s why you need to use this moment to make a call, plan a spec shoot, take a photograph, tell someone you love them, write a blog post, write a scene, write some goals or learn something new.
It’s all about living with intention and being aware of the moment instead of rehashing the past or day dreaming about a future that is not based on right choices and hard work in the present. Intent will always put you in the moment, because intent drives you.
As an actor (my first career in entertainment) I came across a list of rules for making it in show business. I can’t remember who it was by, but it was funny, succinct and to the point. That was a long time ago and I don’t remember the rules other than the mantra which I’ve repeated here in rules 3, 8, 16 & 25. Also, rule 1. came from an English blogger who’s blog I can’t find now (credit where credit is due… sort of.)
So, here we go. My first rules for making it in Hollywood. Based on my experience, I wrote down the 25 most common sense things I could think of. Why 25? I figured you could handle that many. If I thought if the cast of Jersey Shore was reading, there would only have to be four and I’ll let you guess which ones they are. If you think there are some missing, feel free to chime in. With no further ado, I bring you my 25 Rules:
1. Always carry a pen.
2. Have specific, time sensitive goals. Use the pen to write them down. Keep them in a place where you can see them.
3. Save your money.
4. Don’t neglect your family and friends. When the bottom falls out, they are the net that will catch you.
5. Go easy on the cosmetic surgery. There’s a fine line between looking younger and like a surprised floatation device.
7. Always remember that youth and skill are no match for age and treachery.
8. Save your money.
9. There’s no such thing as overnight success. There are only years of hard work that suddenly pay off.
10. There is a big difference between leaving your mark and marking your territory. Don’t confuse the two.
10. Failure is not an option, it is an inevitable and necessary ingredient of success.
12. Getting knocked down in Hollywood thins out the herd. Always be sure to get back up.
13. If anyone ever says you’ll never work in this town again, realize it’s only until they need you again.
14. People don’t need a good reason to sue you, they just need a lawyer. Don’t take it personally, it’s just business.
15. If you don’t love the movie business, find something you love and do that instead. Love expands and so does bitterness.
17. Always make sure you’ve removed the lens cap before rolling. Success is in the details.
18. The town can smell fear and desperation. Find a way to erase these emotions from your business life.
20. When someone’s assistant says “actually he/she is in a meeting and can’t talk now.” They “actually” just don’t want to talk to you.
21. Know the difference between providing opportunity and mentoring. It’s the difference between making someone opportunistic or loyal.
22. Movie making is problem solving. If there are problems, it means that you’re still in business.
23. Never say “to be honest with you” or “I’ll be totally honest.” These phrases mean that you are not usually honest and your current honesty is an exception to your standard operating procedure.
24. Anything positive you do or say is instantly forgotten. Anything negative you do or say follows you forever and makes you a suspect in all the ills of humanity.
25. Save your money.
Artists tend to have a nasty habit. Actually, many nasty habits, but one in particular that I want to talk about. They stand out at the edge. After all, the edge is the Artist’s perch. Looking back towards the middle, you can observe life and society. This helps you comment and express yourself. Looking the other way, out towards the void. You can poke at it and push the edge out, establishing a new edge and evolving art forms past anywhere they’ve been before.
However, the edge is also a curse. Yes, as you look into the center it makes you face watered down, path of least resistance excuses for art. It makes you face the culture of Snooki. Facing the culture of Snooki can make you lose faith. It can make you feel isolated and unequipped to participate in the center where the business of art is done.
So, where’s the balance? Unfortunately, there isn’t any real balance, it’s about committing yourself to being heard, and to be heard you have to pay attention to business as well as art. It’s also not about multi-tasking. As Shawn Achor presents in his book; ‘The Happiness Advantage’ the human brain is not really capable of multi-tasking. It IS capable of moving from one task to another very quickly, but can only focus on one thing at a time.
What I’m talking about is committing to action in business. The Aztecs called it “Ollin.” When disaster struck, such as earthquake, flood etc. The word would spread from person to person to “Ollin” which means become active “now”. Seek higher ground, prepare food stuffs, throw grandma over your shoulder and get moving. I heard an interview with the author Kevin Hall whose message is the power of the words we use. He points out how close the expression “Ollin” is to the modern expression “All in.”
It seems everything in the Aztec language has an artistic rendering. To the right is the one for Ollin. Interesting, though don’t give them too much credit, they were also into human sacrifice and bungie jumping without cords attached which of course is not bungie jumping, it’s just jumping. They had their quirks, but some very useful concepts came from their culture and this is one of them.
This doesn’t mean that you have to interrupt your pursuit of craft go to every industry event, party and screening (though a few wouldn’t kill you) or go for an MBA in artist management. But, it does mean you have to pay attention to finding new ways to interface with those who’s craft is making money in the arts and media. They are, for better or worse, the ones building culture. Because, when they make money, you make money. When you make money, you can pay the mortgage, go to the grocery store and buy finger paints for the kids.
This requires you to leave the edge and venture into the center, and no, it’s not selling out. It’s curious, I have always found that artists who acuse others of selling out are the ones whose art is completely inaccesible or whose talent is suspect. In essence, there is no such thing as selling out. There are finding ways to make a living while creating art. In essence, there is only “all out” or “all in.”
So what’s my advice for going all in? First and foremost, think about how you can take action on both an artistic level and a business level. WRITE IT DOWN. Hold yourself to it. Make a plan for artistic development and business development. Not just a plan, a detailed plan. Once you make the plan, work the plan. If business development is foreign to you, make a commitment to informing yourself as part of your plan. You can start by reading some of the books from my resources page.
I know I’m being extreme in bringing up Snooki in a discussion about art and culture, but I’m illustrating a point. Snooki is indeed an artist of some kind or other from the center. If I had to, I would label her a performance artist of happenstance. Right place, right time, right car wreck of a life. But, she will be here, then she will be gone when a better car wreck catches the media’s attention. Hers is not an artist’s career, it is the brief, bright light of celebrity.
The Aztecs on the other hand, stood on the edge and built culture through artistry. Their edge became their center and culture. They lived it every day. My real question here is: in our polarized world can you build culture from the edge? You can certainly build art at the edge. But, if you don’t venture to the center to force art into our culture, it’s left to Snooki. Do you really want future generations to be scratching their heads as they watch “Jersey Shore,” wondering where we lost our grasp on beauty?
I suppose I’m not only giving you some tools here, but also a call to action. It is possible to sustain yourself while doing something bigger than yourself. Are you ready to go Ollin? The Aztecs did, Snooki does. Oy, yes that’s the point. If you don’t, there will be an endless procession of Snookies. I think I speak for all of us in the center when I yell to the edge: show us what you’ve got! save us, save us from Snooki!
- COLD SHOULDER: Snooki snubs O’Reilly (politico.com)
- Snooki almost ambushed by Bill O’Reilly’s crew (hollywoodnews.com)
- How Snooki’s Partying Became A Problem [Video] (jezebel.com)
- “Snooki Wants To Be Called Nicole From Now On” and related posts (anythinghollywood.com)
- ‘O’Reilly Factor’ Producer Tries to Ambush Snooki at Book Signing (VIDEO) (tvsquad.com)