Fame….I’m gonna live forever

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in News | No Comments

Two weeks ago, we had a great national NACA conference! It is one of the gifts of this biz that we get to travel several times a year to spend time with great friends and colleagues and fill our hearts with meaningful conversation, Art, and new poetry, laughter, and inspiration.

But I’m not going to lie…this conference made me tad nervous about a good segment of this generation. These conferences aren’t filled with regular college students…it’s peopled by leaders, the best of the best….a room full of people passionate about Art and Community. But it seemed we’ve reached a new level of fame obsession. In a room filled with hundreds of poets, writers, dream spinners, heart healers, world changers, laugh makers, and another few hundred people passionate about the transformative power of Art, I’m saddened that hundreds would waste that precious moment waiting in line for a pic with people famous for being famous, famous for making bad choices but airing them on tv, famous for being on tv talking to people who cannot connect with other humans without the aid of technology. After 20+ years I still get a little geeked about the level of magic and beauty collected in one giant room…and I feel like a lot of them are just missing it. FAME does not = ART.
As you program this Fall, please think about the things that move you, inspire you, make you laugh, and share that. If you program consistent quality and get creative in your marketing, you’ll find an audience, and maybe change a lot of lives in the process. We’re always here to help.