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Build a Blue Bike

In Emotional Intelligence on June 30, 2007 at 2:44 pm

Imagine yourself on a stage with thousands of eyes watching your every move. In front of you is a box. On the box is a label that reads – Blue Bicycle. With the audience staring, you have been asked to put the blue bicycle together. At first you are not sure what to do; should you try and put it together or not? After all, you have never put a blue bicycle together before.

You decide to try, so you dump the blue bicycle parts out onto the floor of the stage without any idea where to begin. As all the moving parts of the blue bicycle surround you, you seek reassurance and look out into the eyes of the audience starring right back at you. You feel a twinge of panic, but you decide to proceed building the blue bicycle.

It takes you longer than you imagine to find, amongst all those parts, the most obvious- the handles. You quickly attach to the frame, but you make mistakes assembling the gears and feel like you are spinning your wheels, getting nowhere fast. When the chain won’t properly engage the gear, you wonder if you will ever have a bike to ride. Thank God the wheels go on easiest, and the lug nuts attach without a problem. But then, in your haste, whenyou put the seat on backwards, the audience laughs, and you feel really foolish. Oh and the pedals, you almost forgot to attach them entirely, but you do.

In the end, you step back. Before your eyes and the eyes of of those watching you, you have built the blue bicycle, which you are now free to ride anywhere you wish to go.

Build A Blue Bike
Ride Your Artistic Blues To Creative and Financial Freedom

This is my new “agent approved” title for my book, and the above passage was taken from it. I am on my own blue bike building adventure right now, and you can be too. It’s fun to build something that you can ride.

Got the Right Agent, Lost A Title

In Entrepreneurial Evolution, The Idea, Writing on June 22, 2007 at 11:51 pm

Well, it has been an exciting 24 hours. Susan Schulman, who has represented Julia Cameron, Artist Way and Richard Florida, The Rise of the Creative Class- both NY Times Best Sellers- is going to become my agent.

I am THRILLED to have gotten this far as a new writer and even more excited to be working with someone who is truly passionate about the arts and will get my book sold and published at the right house. I have spent the last 12 months working on this book, investing my time, money and giving my soul to it, with absolutely no assurance that anyone would be interested or that I could even become a convincing writer. I got my good news yesterday morning, on the longest day of the year.

It is all good except for one small problem. Susan really likes my book, but unfortunately, she does not like the title. I suppose it’s better to have a good book without a title than the other way around, but this dang book has been so hard to title and I had hoped I had it figured out.

Marketing comes easily to me but this book has refused to be titled. I have spent countless hours brainstorming about what it should be called and every time I think I am close to a name, it wiggles away from me leaving me empty handed. It almost feels like a willful child, refusing to be called by name. Even after having spent a really good chunk of change with Sam Horn,, to help me title it Starving Artist Not!, the first name that has stuck for more than 24 hours, (I think it has been called Starving Artist Not! for 2 months now), it appears, this willful child has managed to grow up still with no name!

According to Susan, the problem with Starving Artist Not!, is that a publisher might view it as slang and then assume the whole book is written in slang; which of course it is not. Frankly, that had not ever occurred to me until now, but that could stop the right publisher from even bothering to read it.

So for those of you who have signed up to be a reader ( I Need 50 Readers post), I am going to be asking for your opinion on what my book title should be!

It’s A Fine Line Mix

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2007 at 2:08 pm


So here is the mp3 of It’s A Fine Line. For 2 and a half minutes of poetry/music, I have never worked so hard at something that sounds, in the end, so simple. I hope you enjoy listening to it.

I am recording at Monroe Street Studio; at the mixing board, saxophonist, John Goldman. I really am having a good time working on creative (r)evolution, my cd project, with him.

Next up is deconstructing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and turning it into a rock tune.

It’s A Fine Line

I Need 50 Readers

In ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS, The Idea, Writing on June 20, 2007 at 12:20 am

Hey, I need 50 readers to test drive Starving Artist Not! and give me feedback.

Can you help me? Are you interested or do you know someone who would be? I want Starving Artist Not! to be the best book it can be before it reaches the hands of a publisher. I need your feedback to make sure it is.

Here is how it will work:

The price of the book for this special edition is $22.95; for a bound paperback copy of Starving Artist Not! Orders will be placed in advance as there will only be one print run of this special first edition. Starving Artist Not will be delivered in July.

When you receive Starving Artist Not!, along with it will be a long horribly detailed difficult to complete ( JOKING!)

SHORT, EASY TO COMPLETE, feedback form asking you things like:

Your thoughts about what you read, what you liked, hated, laughed at; or whatever reaction you have to reading it. This is a business book for creative people that will help you take the next steps forward, towards a brighter creative future. Without a doubt, this book has been written for you.

Help me make Starving Artist Not! a book that can really help artists and creative people become the leaders of The 21st Century, The New Creative Economy; and show everyone that we, most of all, know where the true intersection lies between creativity and financial freedom.

Send me an email at and sign up to read the book. Oh, btw you will get 100% of your money back if you fill out my simple feedback form and send it back to me by Sep 1, 07, once your done reading; and you still can keep the book..

Hey, in my next post I will put up the poem I have set to music called It’s A Fine Line..
More about that later.

Entrepreneur The Arts vs. EMI Media

In ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS, Entrepreneurial Tool Box, Legal on June 15, 2007 at 10:39 pm

A few months ago, as those of you who have been reading this blog know, EMI ( Entrepreneur Magazine) threatened me with a trademark infringement lawsuit for use of the word Entrepreneur in my name. EMI has a reputation for sending their high priced attorney’s after anyone who uses the word; and most have caved in and traded their name in for another that would not cause a stir with EMI.

I, however, was unwilling to do that. There is no other way for me to express, in any other way, what I believe so passionately is needed in the arts. It’s time we put some entrepreneurial action into our art, that we Entrepreneur The Arts, which is why I made the word Entrepreneur a verb.

In any event, my attorney called today, and EMI has agreed to drop their threat of a suit in exchange for a disclaimer that Entrepreneur The Arts is in no way affiliated with EMI ( Entrepreneur Magazine). My application for trademark was recently approved through the trademark office also so this is all great news.

But my real point in blogging about this, is to illustrate the point that it would have been far easier for me, as a new start up, to have chosen to pack up my name, like all the others, and choose another than live with the uncertainty of a lawsuit hovering over my head for the last few months. But sometimes the difference between success and failure is in holding true to your beliefs; even when it seems difficult to believe you can succeed.

Standing up to a corporation that has over 36 million a year in advertising revenue alone was not an easy choice for me to make; but having a good attorney and simply not giving up served me well.

Shiva Mix

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2007 at 5:57 pm

Now that my book, Starving Artist Not!, is out floating around with agents and publishers being read; its time to get back to work on my CD project: creative (r)evolution. Here is the most recent mix of Shiva.


Exploiting Your Extremes

In The Idea on June 6, 2007 at 12:22 pm

Whatever is outrageously intense, funny, endearing, aggravating, stirring, awakening, or that which you obsess about~ deserves a chance to be exploited to its fullest. Great entrepreneurs are great explorers of their extremes– changing them into revenue producing, life enhancing virtues.

At your core are all the tools you need to financially free you– if you trust in it.

Trust in it by testing its capacity and meaning to others until you find it resonates with most.

My extremes lie in my endless pursuit of solving puzzles, exposing new things in people and in their potential that they might not trust, see or believe through my passionate desire to see the world of artistic pursuits change. Change of minds about what is possible. Change in mood about the viability of the arts. Change in attitudes about what should be taught to artists and why its so important. Changes of life choices. Change that provokes growth, self awareness, truth and a place for every artist to carve out a spot that is uniquely theirs and stand financially strong.

In my heart I know I am a catalyst, in my purest state, and this is the subject matter that most moves me.

If you get to the truth about who you really are, at your core, you have found the extreme thing about you to exploit as an entrepreneur. Creativity is most easily expressed when you allow yourself to become curious and explore the potential of your extremes instead of annoyed, embarrassed, or whatever emotion they incite.

I found my first form of expression as a catalyst through hand selecting clarinets for other musicians. I see my instrument selection process as selling passionate pursuits inside of a case. Getting the instrument is just the added bonus. I help my customers soar to new creative and artist heights by finding them the right new clarinet. Every time I help someone the experience produces high octane fuel for me; giving me the energy to take a risk and see what else my extreme can produce.

My writing and speaking is a result of my taking the next step- a new risk- to express my desire to change the arts and be the catalyst I am.

Yeah, I know~ It’s hard to let it all hang out– let alone be extreme.

But the richness in life comes when that extreme thing you do, see or feel, becomes your driving force in life and exposes for others the richness it offers them.

The more others see your passion the more likely your work is to be valued –and like a magnet, the right people, situations, opportunities and financial rewards will come to help your life feel full of creative effort and financially whole.

Bur first you must risk exploiting your extremes for that to happen.