In today’s world, we must be willing to take risks. Whether you decide to get the COVID-19 vaccine or not: risk. Your political stance and willingness to fight for what you believe: risk. Driving a car: risk.

The popular entertainment world is full of talent. It’s also full of people who are not willing to take creative risks. It might hit them in the pocketbook. It’s better to stick with what sells. This is why we see so much cheap imitation art, and a lack of intuitive thinking among popular artists and musicians. There are great artists and musicians that infiltrate pop culture, but they are the marginal, not the norm.

Studies show that it’s more often those who come from wealthy families who create some of the greatest works of art. And why wouldn’t it be? If money is less of a factor, it gives them more freedom to create work that breaks norms. They have more freedom to risk creating the new and unusual.

To make great and unique art, profit can’t be the primary goal. If it is, the art will be tainted by the need to stay within the bounds of what is commercially successful. Perhaps, any thought of creating art that will hold monetary value is vain. There are four fundamental roles of the visual arts, none of which are profit. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.