Independence and Creative Destruction

I’m committed to helping you discover the strategies and techniques that will empower you to become an “independent artist.” So what do I mean by “independent”? Think of the Declaration of Independence, in which the Founding Fathers declared themselves free of the control of England. Same thing here: independence means freedom from the control of others.

It is the freedom to control what you do, when you do it, and where you do it without asking permission of an external authority. It is the freedom to be in charge of your artistic development – the projects and experiments you need to do to expand your skills and imagination and fully embody your vision.

You’re in charge. You’re the boss.

I see this as a very specific form of entrepreneurial thinking.

Oh, God — there it is. That word: entrepreneurial. It freaks artists out because it sounds like business instead of art. It sounds like something tedious and dull. It sounds like the office job we do in order to keep a roof over our head while we pound the pavement. And it sounds like selling our souls to capitalism.

It’s not.

It’s freedom.

It’s your opportunity to pick yourself instead of waiting to be picked by some gatekeeper.

But what a term: entrepreneurship. (Although if you say it with a French accent, it is more fun.)

Twentieth-century economist Joseph Schumpeter referred to entrepreneurship as a “gale of creative destruction,” a process “that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure [of an industry] from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one.”

That’s what we’re all about here. Creative Insubordination is about change, innovation, reorganizing the system for making art more widely available and artists more strongly empowered.

It isn’t about career management.

It isn’t about how to gain more attention within the current system by having a better headshot or resume´ or audition piece or portfolio.

It isn’t about working your way up from the bottom, or asking permission to implement your ideas.

That’s how employees think.

It’s about creating a whole new system that will make the old system irrelevant — at least to you.


So our motto here at Creative Insubordination is:


So I’ll be teaching (preaching?) a new approach to a career in the performing arts. At its center will be finding a new model of artistic sustainability that puts artists at the control center. Not administrators. Not boards of directors. Not government agencies or foundations. Not gatekeepers. Artists.

We might think of this as going off the grid artistically, as it were. Self-reliance.

My future posts will include practical tools for developing your own career as an independent artist.

Let’s make something new.





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