Any artist of magnitude and longevity comes into direct conflict with their previous success as their inner being works to continually develop new material.

This quandary is very common in all forms of art whether it be a musician, painter, filmmaker, writer, etc.

It becomes almost the proverbial devil and angel on respective shoulders. One side is continually pushing for new concepts, new experiences, new terrain. The other side fights for financial success that has already been proven by previous works.

When Picasso entered his blue period, he was maligned for going in a vastly new direction. In actuality, his inner being was pushing for opportunity to express in yet another fashion.

I believe that at the end of the day, while financial success is mandatory to survive, the quest for developing new material is equally mandatory for the health and longevity of a great artist.

I hope your Saturday brings you great joy!!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!