Mike Dumovich— Singer/ Songwriter / Poet

mike dWhat is your creative mission?

To make things from the part of my brain that is normally quiet when I am living in a day so I can understand myself and my relationship to the world better.

What do you love about what you do?

The sometimes complicated process that forces me to learn the benefit of allowing things to self evolve, then sharing the goods with other people.

What have you learned from your successes/ failures?

That worrying about how vital my work is creates anguish that is destructive. That our works as individuals are equally insignificant in the universe as they are massive, and trying to solve that puzzle corrupts the work. That creating should be done in the moment, and all thoughts of “legacy” should be flushed down the toilet. Easier said then done, but when I’m there I know it.

How do you keep pushing ahead after a difficult challenge?

I start by completely freaking out, then it fades. I get up and walk.

Have you ever encountered resistance from family, friends, or the world in general? How did you overcome those kinds of blocks?

I used to feel that the world somehow blocked me from success. I had to analyze what that word even means. When I did, the definition changed. When I do that successfully, there is nothing really to overcome.

How has your art and creativity healed you?

Without the ability to access the secrets locked up in my head with some tool, I feel they would of had too much influence on my interactions with the world. I would never have been able to overcome some of the bigger challenges I have faced without be able to report it, even if just to myself.

What are your NFA Bullet points? What steps would you recommend for anyone who wants to kick some ass and get their creative dreams off the ground?

Don’t try too hard. But try everyday. Think of any piece of art like a small bird on the front lawn you really want to see closer. If you go after it or try to catch it it just bolts. If you open the front door, put some breadcrumbs on your kitchen table and just observe, sometimes it’ll fly right in. Or get a pair of binoculars. Or listen to ‘The Gambler’ by Kenny Rogers.


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About the Author:

Jeff Leisawitz burns with a mission—to inspire writers, artists, musicians and random creative types to amp up their creativity, heal their hearts and shine in the world. Author. Award winning musician/ producer. Internationally distributed filmmaker. College prof. Photographer. Speaker. Consultant. Not F*ing Around—The No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground is Jeff’s first book.

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