Let's open up with Mr. Pressfield from The War of Art
"The professional [artist] can't live [with disorder]. He is on a mission. He will not tolerate disorder. He eliminates chaos from his world in order to banish it from his mind."
Steven Pressfield is a smart man. He identifies the primary enemy in our battle to detect and eliminate the leaks that can cost us our careers.
Disorder. Chaos. Drama. Constant Crisis.
There are a lot of big myths/lies in the art business, but maybe the biggest and most harmful one is the idea that art somehow thrives in chaos.
If you can't manage your financial records . . . if you barely even keep financial records . . . it's going to be hard to get the work up long term.
If you can't have an artistic or Board meeting without tension and conflict it's going to be hard to notice that your work has been stale for a while.
If you want to spot the leaks, your house needs to be in order. Finances, marketing, organizational structure, etc.
You have to focus on avoiding the sort of small mistakes that cause things to fall apart.
Eliminate the chaos. Insert order. Fix the leak.
That's the last post for 2010. See you Monday to get the 2011 Party started.