I was watching a mixed martial arts fight on TV. The announcer said that one of the fighters was "the right type of crazy" to make it in that particular world.
I think we can all acknowledge that the arts isn't a world for normal people. Artists, investors, board members, administrators . . . all of them may do normal things but they (we) aren't normal people.
Normal people wouldn't want to work in a world with such financial, emotional and organizational swings. So all of us are a bit crazy.
The issue is that too many of us are the wrong type of crazy. Those are the folks unwilling to recognize the sheer amount of time and effort you need to devote for a life in the business.
The wrong type of crazy assumes that the past is like the future and as long as you have a decent audience base, a building and an endowment, it's all good.
The right type of crazy is in it for the long haul. They understand that you need skill, luck, friends and good timing to have success.
Make sure that you are the right type of crazy.
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