ON BEING AN ARTIST

 

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Being an Artist:

The one thing that really matters when it comes to being an artist is the making of art.

I’ve always appreciated simple things: The perfect cappuccino. A good pair of jeans. A room in which open spaces are as important as the things filling it. I’m not that good at producing that kind of elegant art but I appreciate it just the same. Something in my nature wants to boil complicated things down to the elements.

Bearing that in mind, here is my 7 point guide to being an artist:

1. Be a person first:

Talent is not something to be proud of: It’s something to use. If you have talent consider yourself lucky and use it with an attitude of gratefulness and happiness. Having talent is not a ticket to live above the rest of humanity: It’s simply a way for you to relate to and possibly uplift humanity.  Never forget that your development as a person is just as important as your development as an artist.

2.  What you create isn’t for everyone.

Quit looking for acceptance and validation from others. You can’t let negative feedback or no feedback keep you from continuing to produce art. You also can’t let positive feedback pigeon-hole you and prevent you from trying new things.

No matter what you make, some people will love it and some people won’t. Worrying about who likes what and why is a road that leads to disengagement from the creative heart and soul of who you are.

Trust your own ability to judge the merit of your work and never stop learning or trying to improve. Never stop creating.

3.  The Long View.

For me it’s helpful to imagine the portfolio of work I will leave behind if I simply continue to dutifully create art consistently for the rest of my life. That image is powerful to me and it keeps me creating.

Keep at it. Every day.

4.  Forget About Money

Believe it or not success isn’t measured in money. The most revered artists are often people who make very little or no money from their art. In the universe of creative people, those who get to make money from their art are a select few. What’s more, those who do, often find that that particular kind of success has it’s own particular kind of challenges and problems. It’s not a bad thing to be able to make money from your art but whether you do or you don’t isn’t going to solve all your problems and shouldn’t determine your willingness to continue creating art.

Most artists begin because the act of creating something does something much more powerful for them personally than money could ever do. Get back to that and stick with it and do what you have to do to pay the bills.

5.  What CAN you do?

Focusing on resources that you don’t have kills creativity. Steadfastly moving forward using what you do have available actually increases creativity and sometimes leads to a better end result. Obstacles and opportunities are two sides of the same coin. Forget the Cant Dos and the Don’t Haves and focus instead on what you can do and what you do have.

6.  Let It Go.

There’s a time for practicing; honing your skill and perfecting your craft. There’s a time for holing up and working feverishly on your project. And there’s a time to finish it and show it off to the world. Maybe that means getting on a stage and playing live. Maybe that means releasing your album. Maybe that means letting the world scrutinize your painting. Maybe that means letting people read your book. At some point, if you’re going to move on and get better at what you do, you have to give your work wings and set if free. Maybe you’ve created the next Mona Lisa and maybe you’ve created a stepping stone to your next project in which you “get it right this time”. Either way, you’ll never really know until you let it go.

7.  Make Art.

Just Make Art. The one thing that really matters when it comes to being an artist is the making of art.

 

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Promises Now On iTunes

Promises, the EP, is available on iTunes…right now!! Click the link below to check it out.
You can buy physical copies directly from this website.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/promises-ep/id824807521

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IT’S HERE

This rhinoceros would like to encourage a good, stern listening to of this latest EP, by Tim Pepper. It’s called “Promises”. Official release date 15th April, 2014. The title track, “Promises” is available below.

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Tip for Tat

Ok so I saw a post on Facebook by some guy who thinks he’s all smart because he doesn’t tip waiters. I’ve posted it below. I couldn’t resist leaving a comment: which I’ve also posted below.

Here’s the post: http://www.bhagwad.com/blog/2009/philosophy/5-reasons-why-i-wont-tip-you-if-youre-a-waiter.html/

And here’s my response:

1. Bullcrap. If you only want food, stay home and eat. People eat in restaurants for the experience as much as the food. I get that some servers can come on a little strong. Yes, some of them only act nice because they are working for tips. Accept it and move on. This is a fact of American life. Servers aren’t that much different from anyone you ever bought anything from. Cut them a break. Bottom Line: Most people like knowing their servers name. Most people like meeting friendly people (even if they aren’t totally sincere). Remember that people pick up the vibe that you put out and what you put out is that you think your server, “is the equivalent of a conveyer belt.” You know what…do the restaurant a favor (that’s a word you seem to like) and stay home. In fact, do the world a favor and never leave the house. Seems like you don’t like people too much anyway…you won’t miss much. Except occasionally you might long for the good old days when you could sit on your ass and have some person ask you what you want and bring you Italian food…or Chinese.
2. Bullcrap. This is your problem. If restaurants paid their servers well you wouldn’t be able to afford to eat out. Also they’d hire a lot less servers and you’d get crappy service and wouldn’t really want to eat out anyway. Those Italian meatballs wouldn’t be worth the 45 minute wait just to order them. At least this way you can choose to pay the waiter whatever you think they deserve. Thank God not everyone thinks like you!
3. This is a valid point. But you should know that, generally speaking, servers don’t know who is going to tip them and who isn’t going to tip them. They only spit in the food of people who are jerks. A jerk is someone who treats another person like a conveyor belt.
4. This is just a guess but I don’t think you’ve ever worked in a restaurant. Restaurant workers, usually are highly skilled in communication, quick decision making, customer relations, problem solving and, weirdly, managing other people’s money. Have you ever cashed out a party of 15 when they all want separate checks and they’re in a hurry, while you’ve got two tables waiting to order food and two more with food coming out? Well most servers have and believe me, it’s a skill.
5. I’ve been a server. I have a lot of friends who are servers. I think that I can speak for all of us when I say that we really don’t need your tip and we really don’t care if you do or don’t. We know that we’ll be o.k. because we’ve been on the other side of the table and we know what it takes to stick it out there and we know that if we can do that then we can do pretty much anything. And most of us do go on to do other things. Some people stick around because they like it. Go ask your successful friends how many of them had a job serving tables and then ask them what valuable life lessons they learned while doing it. I’m pretty sure you’ll be surprised.
6. Lastly. No matter what your job is…the world is about the people living in it. Maybe servers should shut up when they don’t get a tip and maybe they shouldn’t perpetuate the, mostly, myth about spitting in peoples food. But maybe customers should remember that the person bringing them food isn’t a conveyor belt and treat them with the same respect you’d give…well, a person. Keep your money. It won’t make you happy. A server might though.Share on Facebook

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“Promises” Pre-Sale

 

Promises Front CoverNotice of EP Release!!!

Tim Pepper’s latest EP, “Promises” is set for release on April 15th, 2014!! You can get a pre-release copy by following the instructions below:

TO ORDER A PRE-RELEASE COPY OF PROMISES:

GO TO:      The PayPal “BUY NOW” button on the right hand side of this page.
CHOOSE: Select an amount to pay from the drop down menu and follow the instructions.

You don’t need a PayPal Account to pay!!

Physical CDs will be shipped on or before April 15, 2014

Get a free download of the title-track here

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