The money has stolen the magic…

22 Mar

Kurt Vonnegut, the legendary American novelist is famous for saying “the practice of art isn’t to make money… it’s to let your soul grow.”

Artistic expression is good for the soul; your soul grows as it searches and explores; the true artist throws of the shackles of a system and looks at the core of who we are and who we could be.

The love of money can make artistic expression very difficult; it forces us to guess or predict what people might want, it puts constraints around the artist, often forcing him or her to become predictable and to simply provide a service. Suddenly “the magic” is washed away and we are left with just a replica, reaching no one and discovering nothing…

The money has stolen the magic.

You can’t use market trends if you want to make a great piece of art; if you do then you are making something else, it might be entertaining but it’s not art; cause it’s soul has been stolen away.

If you are creating something, whether this be a character, a painting, a piece of music or a film, please let go of the concept of money and search for the story inside of you… it is longing to be found and set free and it cannot be purchased for any price.

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3 Responses to “The money has stolen the magic…”

  1. Emiliy March 23, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    Absolutely. I am glad you remind me of this, thank you for this post.

  2. R.G. Ryan March 22, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Absolutely loved your last line, Geoff. Cuts right to the heart of the matter. Too many have succumbed to the allure of fame, the pursuit of which is about as profitable as chasing a sunset. In the process, passion for art, for the creative process, mutates into a sick, selfish craving for more–more money, more success, more notoriety, thus perverting the original intent behind one’s gifting.

    Walt Disney once said, “We don’t make these pictures to make money. We make money so that we can make more pictures.” We’d all do well to maintain a similar perspective.

    • geofftalbot March 22, 2011 at 10:31 am #

      Thanks RG… I love that line from Walt

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