It seems the challenges involved in playing and hosting live music, performance and art are almost limitless. Simply getting a venue to host regular events that draw a crowd is hard enough, and opportunities to actually make some cash are fewer and further between. A video Nicole posted paints a picture of how dire the situation is or artists of all types, yet more and more emerge every year, hoping to one day make it big, or even be that 1 in 50 Australian artists who earns a reasonable amount of money out of their creative work.
Let me direct you to a video clip by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The people interviewed at the start all moved to LA (an even more cut-throat, competitive world than Sydney) in the hope of becoming a star. On girl said she thought after 6 months to a year she was guaranteed to crack the market. She’d been there 6 years. Another bloke moved to LA in the early ‘90s in the hope of forming a band. The film clip was made in 2006. Actually making somewhere is about as easy as winning the lottery, but nevertheless, thousands and thousands of people follow suit every year.
These overwhelming odds seem to beg the question: Is it all worth it?
The final guy interviewed is a young, gangly nervous looking kid who says “I want to play music for my life. It’s what I want to do”. Have you ever hear an accountant or an engineer say that about their work? There’s a saying that The earth without art is just ‘eh’ and I couldn’t agree more. Becoming a successful artist of any kind isn’t meant to be easy. It takes years and years to master an instrument or a dance style or to form your own style of painting, and the rewards are very low. But nonetheless, people choose this path because of the enormous personal gratification that comes with expressing your creativity and presenting to people what you have worked on for so long. NightFusion does not want opportunities for this expression to die out because we are passionate about art and we want to do something that may just change people’s attitudes towards it.
Is it all worth it? Absolutely.