The passion for expression through art is ingrained into the human psyche. From man’s earliest beginnings to the modern era it is our ability to create art that inspires our imagination and appeals to our sense for the need to create something that will live beyond our mortal years. This drive to create something from nothing gives each artist a chance to leave their mark upon history.

For each artist, the road to their chosen path of self-expression often begins with a dream that, through experimentation, will often lead them to a place that they never could have imagined. For many, the road can begin in one direction, and often changes into something even they could not have foreseen. But, it’s the rewards of creating a work that inspires awe within others that becomes the holy grail.

Whether it’s music, fashion design, photography, sculpting, or any of the multitude of forms of self expression, it always begins with a dream. A dream is a yearning for something more than what we have, or to become something more than what we are. This inner passion, if nurtured, can be the driving force of our lives. The catch is that a dream is only a dream if you’re willing to put forth the effort, education, and time to make it into reality.

In life, there are so many obstacles that we must overcome in order to see our dreams to fruition. There are those who will attempt to discourage you out of jealousy, or for selfish reasons, but we must hold our course no matter what may come our way. In ancient days this was often expressed as ‘testing your mettle’, which was originally meant as a reference to a sword, but has come to be related more closely to showing your strength through a fortitude of will.

It’s often said that if you’re going to dream, then dream big, because it won’t cost you any more. But for every art, you must suffer and sacrifice. Let’s face it…if it was easy everyone would be doing it, and therein lies the difference between those who succeed and those who fall by the wayside. How much sweeter is the success after the sacrifice and when that day comes, when you are listening to the applause or reading that great review, you will appreciate the journey that took you to that moment.

Written by Michael Franks.