Means of production

It’s easy to fall into the trap that great artists are different from the rest of us. They are true geniuses. They are something not of this world. Like Shepard Fairey who has been arrested countless times while supporting his wife and daughters. Or Banksy who for decades has concealed her identity.

It’s also tempting to think that art is paint on a canvas or notes on a page. But none of this is true.

Art is any type of human work that involves emotional labor. Art is generously given away to the recipient to make a connection. While art can be a blog or photographs or YouTube link to a song you wrote; it can also be a warm meal carefully prepared for your family or looking someone in the eye with total empathy.

Resources, the means of production, are no longer scarce. When you realize what has been behind the curtain this whole time, you begin to see what you could do.

Anyone with a laptop and an internet connection is on the same playing field as Hollywood or Random House.

All that is left is to decide what it is you are going to say. To speak your truth. The tools are right there for anyone to use. Once we realize how great work is made, when it’s demystified, we can’t help but want to share something of ourselves to the world.