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Thursday, October 28, 2004 5:59 PM
Thought for the Day: Thursday
Anita Sharpe on Creativity

'The black club scene downtown was about aping white disco and crossing over to white taste. Our scene uptown was about being our ghetto selves. I was learning important lessons -- that being on the edge was where the excitement and creativity were, and that to be successful, you had to be true to your audience. Simple, but not obvious if you weren't paying attention.' -- Entrepreneur/rap pioneer Russell Simmons (from Life and Def)


2 comments

Jory Des Jardins - 11/1/2004 4:09:26 PM
It DOES seem like a simple principle, but it isn't. And what's even harder: connecting with your audience and staying connected. So often artists, businesses and thought leaders assume that once they've connected with an audience/market they are there for life. Yet connection isn't an endpoint, it's an ongoing process.

That will be disappointing to those who see life in terms of 'making it'. That deceptive place often lacks the stimulation that helped you get there in the first place.

I've heard many different ways of expressing the concept of being connected: 'staying true to yourself,' 'keeping it real,' 'not selling out.'

Whichever way works for you...don't forget it.
Fran - 10/29/2004 10:36:00 AM
Isn't paying attention really what it's all about? Our best observations about life, love and work usually come from looking and listening carefully to ourselves and eveything around us. Unfortunately, so many people are juggling so many things and have so many toys to distract them that they easily float through life without viewing anything in sharp focus.
And on another subject, the drug companies aren't helping any by trying to label everyone with attention deficit disorder. Sorry, my current rant is drug companies and what they are doing to society. With all the meds everyone is on, where is the angst that will produce the next generation of great artists?

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