The Price of Fame: Is commercial success worth the cost?

Instead of reaching for stardom, artists must focus on what matters most


100 million dollars.

260 million dollars.

300 million dollars.

If you discovered that you were worth one of those amounts as a performing artist, how would you react?

I bet you’d be dancing on the sidewalk, in the office, the studio – where ever you happen to be.  What musician wouldn’t want to have success that brought riches equaling a number with eight zeros?

There’s just one problem – none of the artists who earned those amounts are around to enjoy it. The amounts listed are the estimated net worth figures of Kurt Corbain, Michael Jackson, and Prince, respectively, at the time of their deaths.

It’s not my desire to moralize on the circumstances that befell these three cultural icons, nor to retell the sad stories of beloved musical figures that have passed recently. It’s to remind you that success is all about determining the true meaning of the word.  These three artists were successful in every way musically and financially, but their success in life was cut short.

So, how do you define success?

What song, what performance, what amount of fame would you forfeit your peace of mind for? Must we always choose either fame or happiness? Is every artist that achieves great success doomed to personal tragedy?

I don’t think so.

If you choose to base your definition of success on the kinds of things that last – love, family, friendship and character – then you can be sure any financial success you achieve will be matched by an equal or greater amount of spiritual and emotional stability. Without that kind of balance, any search for fame will amount to what King Solomon called ‘a chasing after the wind.’

Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. (Ecc 2:11 NIV)

So success isn’t about how much money or notoriety you have. It’s what you choose to measure that will determine whether you have achieved true success.

You can redefine success on your own terms in a lively, group setting during our online seminars. Registration for these seminars is always free, but the rewards can be priceless. 

Don’t let success get in the way of finding the real secret of a fulfilled life. The greatest teacher who ever lived said it this way.

Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for? (Matthew 16:24, The Message)

Remember – when you give up the rest, you’ll discover the best.

The Creative in the Crisis: Why artists need to connect and get centered

In confusing times, creatives need to refresh and renew themselves


“We Shall Overcome.”  “This Land is Your Land.” “Imagine.” “What’s Going On.” “Fight the Power.” “We Are The World.”

These songs, and many others, are part of our history for a reason – they provided a clear message of change at times of social and political struggle in the world.  Singers like Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin were known for taking a stand on social issues through their music.  And while the musical landscape has changed greatly since the seventies and eighties, many would argue that the struggle to overcome our biggest challenges hasn’t.

This begs the question: are you, as a creative professional, empowered to create boldly in this climate of constant change?

Or, are you overwhelmed as you battle these same struggles yourself?

3 things every artist wishes they had more of

For about a year we’ve had a survey available on this blog. In it, many of you have told us about what your biggest struggles are.

Can you guess what the top three struggles were? It might surprise you.

No, it wasn’t making enough money. At least not at the top.

The third biggest struggle for our audience is not having enough time to create. 

renderedThe second? Not enough money or resources.

And the number one thing our audience feels they are lacking?

Not enough inspiration. 

Sound like you? I certainly can identify with those three problems.

That’s why we’re going to help you to solve those three problems in three ways – a new book, a new webinar, and a new online training platform. For the next two weeks on this site, you’ll see an increased focus on how you can feel more inspired, get more financial support, and maximize your time to create. If you’re not a subscriber, I suggest you sign up for the newsletter so you can find out more.

Let’s get started!

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At long last, the book “God and Gigs: Succeed as a musician without sacrificing your faith” is done! We’re holding a special celebration / networking event at Piano Hollywood in Fort Lauderdale on September 6th, 6pm – 8pm  to thank all of the people who helped make this book a reality.


We’ll have book signings, a discussion roundtable about the struggles of being a faith-focused artist, giveaways, and many more fun surprises.

After the book signing, you’re welcome to stay for #TheSessionFL, a weekly music and poetry open mic session.

RSVP soon as possible so we can begin to tabulate the number of guests! Admission is FREE!


Date: September 6, 2016
Time: 06:00 - 08:00 p.m.
Event: God and Gigs Book Release and Signing!
Venue: Piano Hollywood
Location: Seminole Paradise, 5805 Seminole Way
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Special Offers available for God and Gigs U courses!

Backline Burden: Why every performance matters

For you it might be just another gig - for someone else, it's their future.


The gig is set, the band is called in, and the visiting artist arrives at the rehearsal. To everyone in the room, it’s pretty much a normal day.

Except somebody has a lot more at stake.

For the traveling independent artist, every tour outside their area is a matter of life and death for their career. Many of these artists depend on local musicians to support their shows, since they can’t afford to travel with their own bands.  This means every new city or venue introduces them to an entirely new set of musicians.

Now imagine the horror of the visiting artist when she discovers that the band didn’t learn the music properly. They felt it was just another gig, and decided by their inaction that they would work out the music on the fly.

Who has the most to lose?