Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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Why if being an Artist is like any other job, It is always so difficult to find a job or a Gig where we can showcase our talents? Why is there so much discrimination with musicians all over the world? Why must you have to go outside of your country to became famous? Why when someone asks what do you do for a living, and you tell them "I am an Entertainer/Artist/Musician" they look at you like you crazy and make comments suchs " OH! but seriously, what do you do for a living"?
Elaine, I'm talking about where I live, in europe, it happens the SAME thing you've described . Be patient, keep on working your art and something good will happen. I often say to myself that I am standing exactly where I must be. There are so many things that I don't know .... but be sure that the Universe knows. Hug. Patricia
You should revel in the fact that you have something special!!!!The reason they respond that way ,they can't think outside the box. They haven't developed their talents or don't know their talents.Face it most people are destined to a 9-5.We as artisans, be it music,art,writing must never let the naysayers bring us down.I know it is very hard to hear NO NO NO.Eventually you will hear YES YES YES if you hone you craft and never give up!!!!! It's the same in every country.The true answer is inside of you.Good Luck and go bust open some doors!!!!!!
Elaine, it appears someone else is unable to recognize that you are an entertainer, artist, musician. Maybe you are not demonstrating that talent when you should. The difference between the artists that have made it and those that have not - is the work ethics of an artist, like 24/7 expressions of the talent versus doing other things to make a living. Such is the starving artist syndrone - eat later - work now - it will pay off. There is no discrimination against artists, but fans do have discriminating tastes - what is wrong with that?