Posts tagged gratitude
The Ultimate Prize

I recently re-discovered a brief, powerful clip from Inside the Actors Studio and I’ve watched it, oh, about 1,000 times.
 
In the clip, a young, struggling actor asks Kevin Spacey - a world-famous actor who has earned multiple Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Golden Globes - for some career advice.
 
The set up: being an actor is tough. It’s not easy to get noticed. You might audition for one hundred roles and get ninety-nine rejections before booking one small gig that pays almost nada. It’s rough out there.
 
The young actor asks:
 
“How can we appreciate the lean years, the difficult years, leading up to the ultimate prize?”
 
Kevin replies:

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10 ways to stop being a “starving artist.”

It never fails. I’m at a networking event, talking to an actor  and without hesitation they give me the excuse, “Well, I’m a starving artist.”

 I smile politely but I really just want to shake said actor by the shoulders and scream, “It doesn’t have to be this way!”

The term starving artist came from geniuses back in the day, like Van Gogh, who sacrificed everything and never sold a painting  in his lifetime.

However, even back then, other artists lived remarkably well, like Rembrandt, Dickens and Warhol.¹

So here’s why you should give up the “starving artist” belief:

  1. You are what you think you are. Beliefs effect your actions and your actions create your destiny. If you believe you are a “starving artist,” you will push money away. You’ll limit new revenue streams and find ways to lose money once you make it (accidents, tickets, bills, etc.)
  2. You are limiting your success. Success begets success...
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