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AYA041 – Why Artists Are Afraid To Ask For Things with Justin Locke

Justin Locke is a musician, author, playwright, cultural iconoclast, and entertaining speaker. We cover a lot of topics on the artist mindset, especially what holds many artists back, oppression training, why artist are taught to ask for permission, and how to reframe your thoughts to empower yourself.

MEET JUSTIN LOCKE

Justin Locke - Dancers
Justin Locke – Dancers

Justin Locke grew up on a farm in Ohio before moving to Boston. After a year at music school, he jumped into the freelance musician life of playing for the Boston Opera, Ballet, Pops, and Symphony. He worked with the most notable conductors of the era, including Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Fiedler, Henry Mancini, and John Williams.

One day, after playing a somewhat lackluster “kiddie concert,” Justin started to create programs for orchestral family concerts. One of these, “Peter VS. the Wolf,” has been presented all over the world, on such notable stages as the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro. It will have its Polish premiere this June.

After 18 years of bass playing, Justin hung up his rosin bag and shifted his career to video production, making fund raising videos for large nonprofits. He also works as a “score reader” for Boston Pops live TV broadcasts.

In 2005, Justin published a humorous musical memoir of life as a bass player. “Real Men Don’t Rehearse” has sold over 12,000 copies.

Justin often appears as a guest speaker, sharing his favorite gig disaster stories as well as first- hand insight into what conductors (good and bad) actually do. Justin combines his dilettante interests in psychology, history, media production, management philosophy, music, and dance in sharing a unique and pragmatic perspective on the intersection of the arts, leadership, and the pursuit of happiness.

Justin has also published three other books: “Principles of Applied Stupidity,” “Getting in Touch with Your Inner Rich Kid,” and “Time Light Love (Exploring the Physics of Emotional Energy).” Visit his website and blog at www.justinlocke.com.

BOOKS:

Real Men Don’t Rehearse: Adventures in the Secret World of Professional Orchestras

Principles of Applied Stupidity

Discourses on Livy by Niccolo Machiavelli

think and grow rich napoleon hill

CONTACT:

www.justinlocke.com

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AYA039 – Making Money With Art Using Instagram with Ross Symons

Ross Symons is an Instagrammer and origami artists. In his early career while he was at his IT job he would spend his extra times folding origami art. His desk was always littered with paper creations. The more he learned the more the people around him would give him books to expand his art. In 2014 he decided to do an Instagram project where he would fold one new figure a day for 365 days. He started the year with 165 followers and ended the year with 50,000. 10 months into his project he was featured by Instagram and his followers jumped from 10k to 40k in 4 hours. Toward the end of his project, he started adding in stop motion animation which attracted the attention of brands. Our conversation focuses on how Ross built and runs his business on Instagram. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the business model of being a professional Instagrammer this is an interview you should listen to multiple times.

MEET ROSS SYMONS
Ross Symons is 34 years old who lives in Cape Town, South Africa. He started folding paper when he was 21 and the first origami figure he ever folded was a crane(bird). He folded that bird over and over again until he could fold it with his eyes closed.

If he had a beer in front of him he would tear the label off and fold it into a crane.

Not too long ago he was working a 9-to-5 job as a website developer, but over time it became apparent that being employed by someone was never going to enable him to create the happy, free life that he wanted. Although he was competent in his work, he was not feeling fulfilled.

He found himself starting side projects all the time. One of these came out of my enjoyment practicing the traditional Japanese art of paper folding known as origami. He was always folding little paper creatures which littered his desk at work, and he kept challenging himself to create more intricate pieces.

He dedicated the entire year of 2014 to improving his craft and sharing it with world. That’s when he started his popular Instagram account, white_onrice, where he folded and posted a different origami figure every day of the year. He increased his following on this account from just 120 to over 100,000 in under 18 months. As the project grew, he developed an entire brand around White on Rice, which has allowed him to quit his 9-to-5 job and run his own business.

He does origami installations, art exhibitions, create origami stop frame animations and create social media content for brands around the world. He also does public speaking gigs where he shares his story about how he made the shift from 9-5 web developer to an Instagrammer and full-time artist.

CONTACT:

http://white-onrice.com/

https://www.instagram.com/white_onrice/

https://www.instagram.com/rossmsymons/

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