Tom Hanks recently (and by recently, I mean I picked it up a few months ago and am just now getting to writing the thing) was on a Podcast and talked about how much more difficult, but also easier, it is now to get into an industry. Want to be a singer? Put up a video of your vocals on youtube! Want to be a filmmaker? Kickstart your movie! Anyone can do it! But there’s the rub - anyone can do it. There are over a billion people on Youtube. People watch hundreds of millions of hours on the site a day. How many of those watchers are watching your video? How many of those watchers of your video are the internet equivalent of Tommy Matola?
It’s not Tom Hanks' era any more - you’re not just competing with the people in the casting room. It’s not even Kelly Clarkson's - the pool is much bigger than the people who made it in front of Simon and Paula.
Conversely, we have reached an era of no excuses. Can’t get a recording contract because Nashville is too far away? All you need to record your album is a new iPhone! Can’t get that book deal because publishers won’t take your call? Self-publish on Amazon!
No, the only thing standing in the way of today’s artists and writers and musicians is themselves. And laziness. And the 1 billion other internet users.
So here is my website. And by website I mean blog. It’s on Squarespace because a podcast I follow plugs the thing religiously. Thanks, A Cast of Kings. And thanks to my mentor who knew the true method to overcome laziness and my own apathy - $8 a month. That’s a bottle of wine! Well, two, really, of the kind I usually buy.