If you held a gun to my head and forced me to label myself with a single word, I’d probably say that I’m a musician. But that’s only because music has been something I’ve done since I was a very small child — it’s a huge part of who I am. These days, however, I spend more time with photos than I do with songs. But at the moment, I’m concentrating a lot on writing.
The projects I’m working on at any given time vary from year to year, even from month to month, and could be rooted any discipline. Some projects I revisit on a regular basis; others get put down and never heard from again. It just depends.
I absolutely do not buy the antiquated and narrow-minded claim that a jack of all trades is a master of none. All that kind of thinking does is manufacture self-imposed limits where there otherwise wouldn’t be any. Project-based people (and I’ve met quite a few like myself) are as capable of focus and commitment as anyone else. A project-based life isn’t about having a built-in excuse for capriciousness; it’s still about staying the course right through to the end. But in this case, the course winds through the back alleys and alternate routes instead of sticking to the safety of the main road.
I love to collaborate with other project-based artists, so if you are a useful person looking for another useful person to fill a gap in your project, let me know what you have in mind, and with any luck my skills can work their way in amongst your skills to help make something better than either of us could do alone.
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