“When artists and professionals regularly accept responsibility for their actions, they shape deep, rich, and evolving pictures of who they are, pictures that permit them to act consistently with emerging notions of their authentic selves.” Intentional Practice & The Art of Finding Natural Audience: A Framework for Artists and Professionals.
Marc Zegans is a poet in Santa Cruz, California who provides creative development advice to artists, musicians, actors, directors, and other creatively minded professionals such as therapists. He wrote a brilliant, very slender e-book a few years ago and put it on Amazon at such a ridiculously low price that it should already rest in the toolbox of every artist and professional.
I recently re-read it and was reminded of how I want to function as an active, authentic, ethical artist and minister, and where my natural audiences might be. Based on my working session with his book and his penetrating questions, I now know exactly how I will overhaul my website and blog in the next few weeks so that they more accurately reflect who I am.
If you want to know more about Marc and the many creatives and professionals he’s helped, trot on over to www.mycreativedevelopment.com.
Meanwhile, here are two more of many, many gems from his book:
“Your natural audience isn’t everyone you can pull into the room; it’s the group of people who have a good reason to be there.”
“Often, we claim that authenticity and integrity demand distance as a rationale to cover our fear of engagement. When such claims are based in fear, there is nothing authentic about them. We are using a ploy to protect ourselves from finding out how good we really are, what we can do when we have resources, and what we will do when we don’t.”
1/11/2015 06:17:37 am
Thank you for such a lovely and thoughtful review of my book on finding natural audience. I'm delighted that it continues to be of moment to you, and that it's helping you think about how you want to function as artist and minister. I'm delighted too that you're contributing to and broadening the conversation on this important topic. The question of connecting with our natural audiences as artists and clientele as professionals is a consistent concern of the folks I work with. You're article helps to create a community of conversation. Brava!
1/11/2015 06:55:16 am
Great piece Lisa! I think it's especially nice, after a long and exhausting holiday season, to be reminded that engagement is a good thing. :)
1/11/2015 11:13:15 am
I keep meaning to read--and use-- this book in its entirety, after having seen bits and pieces of it before it was completed. I concur 100% with the above comments and would add that what is so special about the wisdom that Marc seems to effortlessly generate and offer is that it resonates on so many levels of that it feels "alive." At least that's how I experience it. It is truly the gift that keeps on giving!
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