029: What I learned from 40 years of not being famous: PART ONE. Define and redefine success.

WHAT I LEARNED FROM 40 YEARS OF NOT BEING FAMOUS: PART ONE. This is the first installment of a multi-part series planned for the Artist Soapbox podcast in which Tamara considers how we might love the artists we are and support the artists we love even when….especially when….we feel like we’re falling short.

In PART ONE, using a bit of her own story, Tamara throws a flag on our culture’s messed-up definition of success, our preoccupation with ‘getting famous’, and how local artists are marginalized as a result. What might our lives look like if our community reimagined success and then affirmed and cherished our local art-makers? What might our lives look like if each individual artist loved their own creative gifts? What does success mean to you?

Tamara presented a draft of this episode after a performance of HONEST PINT’s production of THE ABSOLUTE BRILLIANCE OF LEONARD PELKEY. Thanks to Susannah Hough and David Henderson for opportunity to try out this material and to the audience members who stayed after to listen and participate. You’ll hear from audience members throughout this episode! And thanks to the patrons of Artist Soapbox via our Patreon page who had early access to this content and gave really useful feedback. Thank you, Soapboxers.

Please share your thoughts via the Artist Soapbox Facebook page, share this with a friend, or reach out to me via artistsoapbox@gmail.com.

This episode is brought to you by the Soapboxers, the official patrons of the Artist Soapbox. If you like these episodes and want more, get on the Soapbox! This episode was recorded at the ASBX home studio.

5 thoughts on “029: What I learned from 40 years of not being famous: PART ONE. Define and redefine success.”

  1. Amen, Tamara. I have felt all of these feelings many, many times. I feel encouraged and inspired by your words and this podcast. Thank you! — btw, you are amazing and a true success!!!

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Artist Soapbox is a platform for original scripted audio fiction and an opportunity for artists to discuss their creative work in their own voices. We do this through our interview podcast, our blog, and original audio dramas.

Artist Soapbox is an anti-racist organization. We believe Black Lives Matter. In addition, as a podcast production company, ASBX has signed the Equality in Audio Pact on Broccoli Content.

Artist Soapbox is more than just a podcast.

We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Declaration of Love, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.

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Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.

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Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”

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ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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