“Join a Scene”

My Music Biz & Banter networking group is off to a great start! Yesterday we held our second meetup, and it was just as productive and delightful as the first.

At the “Lunch & Lit” meetups, we’ll be discussing a pre-selected book on music and/or business. This month’s featured “Lit” was Real Artists Don’t Starve, by Jeff Goins.

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Two important books I’ve found great enjoyment from in the month of March 😉

I LOVED the book, and think anyone working in a creative field needs to absolutely read it, for MANY reasons. But for this blog post’s purposes, I was particularly struck by the “Go Join a Scene” chapter.

The Starving Artist believes he can be creative anywhere. The Thriving Artist goes where creative work is already happening.

Goins discusses “the rule of the scene,” mentioning Paris for artists and writers in the 1920s. It was where people such as Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein would get together, work around and with each other, learn from each other, and learn in an inspiring atmosphere.

The Starving Artist thinks she can do her work anywhere, but the Thriving Artist understands that where we live and do our work affects the work itself.

Here in Milwaukee, No Studios has recently opened up. It is a collaborative arts work, performance and events space – they can give you a better description here. I heard about No Studios right around the same time I was reading the Goins book. It was the perfect storm – I had to join!

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A view from the outside in: on the top floor, outdoor bar at No Studios.

On Monday I met Lisa Caesar, and had a fascinating conversation with her. I love where she and her brother are taking No Studios (here’s a good article on their partnership). I see so many parallels to what is already springing up at No Studios in our little corner of Wisconsin, to what was happening in Paris in the 1920’s. I’m ecstatic that this is available to our city, and am looking forward to my own office hours over at No Studios several days a week.

Let me know if you’d like to swing by and see the place. As a member, I can bring guests along.

Here’s to creative connections, and opening doors!