Lessons from Jonathan Coulton and Emily Hope Price
The Surprising Benefits of Consistently Sharing Your Creative Work
Note: The following examples may include musicians, but the principles apply to authors, visual artists, and creative people of all types.
Please read this through the lens of how you can apply it to your own form of creative expression …
In 2005, Jonathan Coulton committed to posting a “thing a week” for a year. He recorded and shared 52 original songs in an effort to push his creative envelope.
He described it as a “forced-march approach to writing and recording.”
Jonathan wanted to prove to himself that he could create on a deadline and demonstrate that a professional artist could use the Internet to support himself.
Today he is one of the highest grossing independent musicians with a sweet gig on NPR’s quiz show “Ask Me Another.”
In 2010 Emily Hope Price, a world-class cello player, started the even more ambitious 365 Project. She committed to writing, recording, and posting a song a DAY. At the end of the year, she planned to create an album of the top 10 to 15 songs.
As she wrote at the time, “The goal is to create, create, create and overcome Hesitation, my mortal enemy.”
After seven months of consistent creation, Emily got an offer to create a film score. At that point she halted the 365 Project because of the many opportunities that came her way as a result of the daily output.
What’s the lesson here?
Consistent creative output can pay off for you — IF you commit to it.
I know. The idea of doing something daily or even weekly for an entire year is daunting.
But could you commit to sharing your talents and attracting fans for 30 days?
You don’t have to write and record complete new songs to make this work. You could perform older material or cover songs, or simply talk for a few minutes about your creative process or what inspires you to write.
You could publish a blog, poem, or book excerpt every day. Or post images of your sketches, photos, or artwork.
Make it easy on yourself, but commit to sharing your gifts and insights on a daily basis for 30 days in a row.
You could do that, right?
Of course, you can.
The good news is, you don’t have to do it alone.
I’m creating a community of proactive creative people, and starting January 3, we will all support and encourage each other to share our work in 2018.
I’ll be participating along with you and will share lots of best practices from my 30 years of consistent content creation.
Get the quick details here so you can join us in the 30-Day Build Your Fan Base Challenge.
To your success in 2018 and beyond!
P.S. Learn more about the 30-day challenge and register at http://GetImportantStuffDone.com/