Even though we live in an age of perpetual change, re-adjustment, advancement and technological wonders, one thing stays wonderfully fixed, stable and set in concrete. And that is that any artistic endeavour is only fully rewarded and recognised when the creator is fully dead and buried. There has even been a phrase coined to describe this.
It’s called a ‘Roy Orbison Career Move’. Why? Because poor old Roy, was good. In fact I think he had the most wonderful voice. However the world really only caught on and started spending money on his recordings after he died. He joined a long list of artists who earned more money in the year after they died than during their whole career.
Elvis achieved this feat in only a few months! I recently witnessed the Michael Jackson marketing department move into full swing a few seconds after the poor darling dropped dead. What about painters. I’m sure Vincent Van Gogh would never have dreamed of the money one of his paintings is worth today. Picasso gave away many of his works that are now priceless.
Andy Warhol had a small cult following. Until he up and expired. Hemingway has probably sold more books in the last decade than he saw sold in his lifetime. Or is he now one of those lucky authors whose copyright has expired and now has his volumes available for free on the internet in a e-book format? So if you seek fame or fortune, or both.
The best thing you can do obviously, is drop dead! You won’t know anything about it, but your offspring and marketers will be very happy with your passing.