In the "you never know" category, who would have predicted in 1995 of the five members of 'N Sync that almost twenty years later Justin Timberlake would be the all-around artist he is today? It's not like he has George Clooney looks. So, what is it?
Is it that he appears to just be having fun? That he is willing to make fun of himself and not take himself too seriously? That he is fearless and embraces possibilities presented to him? Enquiring* minds may never get to the bottom of this phenomenon.
What does not appear to be in question is that at least one somebody perceives Justin Timberlake as the gold standard. The other day during a search for images of gold on Google, included with the gold images: images of Justin Timberlake.
Justin brought sexy back. Currently he is getting his suit and tie on, as well as his funny on SNL. He continues creating and getting paid. Even though his music is easily accessible for free through multiple internet outlets, possibilities for him to get paid for his artistic efforts continue to open up for him.
How cool is that?
What if that is one of the keys to getting paid? Create it. Put it out there and be open to what possibilities show up.
Take the current Budweiser commercial that was introduced during the 2013 Super Bowl broadcast. When Stevie Nicks wrote Landslide in 1974, most likely she had no idea that almost forty years later she would still be getting paid for this song. That's how music licensing works.
When musicians whine about how the internet and the state of the current music biz has hindered their ability to get paid, it just sounds like a sour note. Case in point: Joe Walsh on episode 60 of Live From Daryl's House with Daryl Hall.
This author has bought music Joe Walsh no doubt got paid for when she bought tickets for Eagles concerts and bought their products (sometimes the same title) on 8-track, vinyl, cassette, CD, mp3 and the like. This makes it a little tough to have empathy for Joe's plight.
Live From Daryl's House with Daryl Hall is a great case in point. This show is a contribution to the music business. By embracing technology and building something that would be fun for him, Daryl Hall created a new way to get paid.
So, artists create. It is the nature of the beast.
Every creation is like birthing a child. Every creation is a life form and has consciousness. This article is a creation, a life form with consciousness. If you would like to get paid for the life forms you create (and be honest, maybe on some level some of you may not wish to be paid), give your life form a job. Love it. Appreciate it. Ask it to go out and find possibilities for you to be paid for your creation. Keep asking. See what shows up. Who knows? Like Stevie Nicks, you may still be getting big paydays from your "babies" when they are in their forties, fifties and beyond.
Now, what would be better than that?
Author's note: As I was writing this article, my boyfriend has been watching some sort of sports on TV. The Budweiser commercial has been on at least three times while I wrote this. Either I am a slow writer of that commercial is on a lot.
*purposely misspelled to track with our Enquirer collective consciousness