I ask myself this often being an artist who would like to live long enough to enjoy my grandchildren. I walked out of the recent makeover of A Star is Born feeling crummy. I said to my date, “Do we really need to keep telling this same story over and over again: the young tortured artist who blows himself to kingdom come with his self-destructive lifestyle?”
Living your life on the border that separates the seen from the unseen world can take its toll on you.
Borders are sometimes dangerous and the border between the seen and the unseen world maybe very dangerous. As artists we cultivate an unusual keen sensitivity to our environment. We raise our sails and tack with the wind of inspiration letting it takes us where ever it is going. We ride waves of excitement with new projects and sometimes crash when our projects fall to pieces.
We need to build supportive communities around us.
I have just recently entered into a very challenging time of my life as an artist when one of my top clients pulled the plug on their support. The first day I felt like I had fallen through a trapdoor. I was frightened by the sudden financial unknowns in my future. That very day I began to reach into my community of support and as soon as I did this I began to be able to put together a plan of action which came together over the next several days. Having just had this experience reminds me of how important it is for us to continue cultivating our community. We can not do this alone. We need REAL friends.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga broke our hearts with this movie and the song Shallow.
I left the theater upset that night but over time I began to appreciate the telling of this tragic love story as a cautionary tale. Make great art, fall in love and gather friends around you so when you have to deal with your shit you can have plenty of help. We can not do this alone.