We box with the demon of doubt daily, while at the same time wrestle with our art, fighting to get it just right before we launch, release, publish, ship or produce. The inner dialog is relentless and the process is exhausting. No one else on earth could possibly understand what you go through to manifest just one inch of acceptable, original work. However, this is it, this is what it’s like to be an artist, an entrepreneur, and every single day of your life is “Showtime!” And every single day of your life you have a choice; Stick to the same script, or write a new screenplay. Rehash mediocrity, or manifest magnificence.
Bring to the show: A finger, pointing in the direction you want to go.
Leave behind: A well thought out plan.
Bring to the show: Your best work—the work you’re afraid to present.
Leave behind: The work that makes you feel safe.
Bring to the show: Gratitude, transparency, genuine humility, and an eagerness to suck up that which you don’t already know.
Leave behind: Your righteous opinions on how things ought to be.
Bring To The show: Your truth.
Leave behind: Everyone else’s.
“Showtime” is different for all of us, and it doesn’t matter if you’re the CEO of a growing Corp, the keyboard player of a rock band or a songwriter with one aging hit to your credit. Everyday when the lights go on and the curtain goes up, it’s your choice to “bring it on”...or not.
Best selling (amazon) author J. Michael Dolan continues to augment a successful entertainment industry career, which has spanned over 40 years—covering all aspects of the business, including writing, publishing, coaching, consulting, teaching, producing, photography, graphic arts, digital media and performing. In the late 60’s and early 70’s Michael worked at literally every major motion picture studio and every major television network in Hollywood, gaining valuable knowledge and experience along the way.
In 1977, Michael founded Music Connection magazine, a music business trade publication distributed in bookstores and newsstands from coast to coast. The publication quickly became a “must read” for industry executives, and a trusted advocate for musicians and songwriters, who promptly dubbed it “the musician’s bible.” Shortly thereafter, Michael created Songwriter Connection magazine, which became part of the MC family of invaluable products and services. That publication was later sold to a privately held company.
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