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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Get Your Sh*t Together!



I am exposed to so much talent and human potential! Especially living here in Atlanta, where folks migrate to re-create themselves. I get to see and hear, so many artists, musicians, entrepreneurs with super creative ideas. I love what I see! What I hate though is when I see potential lost because folks don't have their Sh*t together. I have a motto I share with a friend If you stay ready, ain't got to get ready.

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You don't know how many times I've had talented individuals to wander into my office (you know in my other life as an Ad Agency Manager) asking for a job, a partnership, help with a computer, model representation, artist representation, services for a pittance, etc, etc. It's tiring because I love to help people. I can't stand it when people don't want to help themselves and pull me into some crazy bull unworkable situation. I've seen it all with very very creative folks. They over charge for greasy, crinkled-up, dirty artwork that isn't ready for selling. They may come in with a hand-drawn portfolio, looking for a job that is primarily creating digital art. It just goes on and on. Today, I am taking a stand and calling folks on the carpet. Stop the bull! Be professional! Know when you have contacted an individual too much with nonsense. Think people! Think!

I had one person who was a Jewelry Designer to write me every week to put her work in an ad. When I finally got the opportunity to get her Jewelry in an Ad that would be placed in Nationally and Internationally distributed publications, she insisted she accompany her Jewelry to NYC from ATL for the shoot. Uh, No! You have to recognize when you have an opportunity, and run with it! Stylist borrow items all the time. The owners don't follow the stuff across the country.

People! Put action to your ideas! Find out what you don't know! Make up your mind, and move forward! Don't blame others for your failure to plan, prepare, and execute! God will never ask others why you didn't do what YOU were supposed to. Spirit will only ask YOU! I know this is way off topic from my usual posts, but lately I've been having to let folks go who don't have their sh*t straight. Really, I don't even really pick them up because I cannot tolerate folks dragging their heals.

I am not asking anyone to be perfect. Not at all. I just want my people to recognize that natural given talent doesn't end there. It works if you work it!

Here's my advice to talented artists and entrepreneurs;

1) Get your Rest.
2) Put the Weed down!
3) Ask God which direction you should take, each day.
4) Meditate.
5) Work, work, work, & work.
6) Follow-up & follow through.
7) Have some kind of organization system, even if it's disorganized.
8) Read, Read, Read! Don't let the saying be true that "if you want to hide something from SOME folks, put it in a book"

I love you all, and I want all of the ideas God has given us to come to fruition. They don't have to be mega-million ideas, but they are meant to touch someone. Make it happen.

Disclaimer: If you have recently dealt with me and have wasted my time and energy, don't assume I'm talking about you. Don't assume I'm not talking about you either.

Vent over! Whew!

11 comments:

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Please say no. 8 just one mo' again for me...please....

I hear you-we have experienced much of the same with the label; talented artists with zero business acumen and questionable common sense.

The universe makes room for those who know where they are going...the rest will continue to hit the same walls. *Wink*

Catrice Jackson said...

Great tips keep them coming!

3pieceonline said...

Say Word.

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

I am cracking up at the put the weed down comment and it wouldn't be so funny if it wasn't true. There are great tips.

Jewelry Rockstar said...

@LOL T.A.M-- Let me tell it to ya mo' again. READ, READ, READ! Don't let the saying be true that "if you want to hide something from SOME folks, put it in a book"

Jewelry Rockstar said...

@ Renee you know they are on that sh*t, that's why nothing can get done.

fly tie said...

tell it like it is!


"Especially living here in Atlanta, where folks migrate to re-create themselves."

i've never looked at it like that, but it does seem to be true.

Ms. Bar B: said...

Hahaha. Well said. Hell, you just inspired me! Especially since I think I will be relocating out to the ATL by next year.

That first picture (the woman buried in paper work) had Miss J ROTFLHAO (rolling on the floor laughing her ass off)!

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Amen Sister!

Jennifer said...

Love this! Absolutely love it.

Dori said...

Great tips...tell it like it is ;-)