Photo by Ike Edeani for The Great Discontent

A New Home for The Great Discontent

Ryan Essmaker
Nov 12, 2018 · 3 min read

I love The Great Discontent. I love what it stands for; an ethos, a way of life. I love the look of curiosity in people’s eyes when they hear the name and almost always repeat it back with an inquisitive brow. It’s failure and success. It’s an obsession and pure exhaustion. It’s taking risks, and knowing when to buckle down and play it safe. It’s tapping into the fire within, and channeling the spirit you find there. It’s the genius around us all. It’s the artist’s life, the creative path.

The Great Discontent started as a passion project over seven years ago. Seven years. I’ve never worked on any one project, or at any one job, this long. It’s been an amazing ride. Really. It’s taken me to places I never thought I’d go. It’s opened up doors of opportunity. I’ve met people I never imagined I’d get the chance to meet. I’ve made so many friends — the lifelong kind — because of it. Events have been thrown, live shows put on, magazines printed, and we’ve amassed a huge archive of stories on our site — all free for people to read and be inspired and challenged. I could talk at length about TGD and what I love about it. But this past year, I’ve found myself wanting yet new challenges. To grow in other areas, and the chance to pursue my own “discontent” outside of TGD. And I realized that it’s time for me to start creating my own story again, not only telling the beautiful stories that belong to others.

Still, TGD and the ethos behind it needs to live on. It has a life of its own — it’s not done. It has so much more potential but needs a new energy behind it.

So with that out in the open, I’m putting TGD up for sale. We’ll continue publishing digital articles as we have for the past 7 years, but I’ll begin to entertain offers from those wishing to pick up the torch of discontent, continuing it’s path as the independent voice for the creative community’s stories of risk and the artist’s path.

The biggest question for those interested: what would the future hold for TGD if you or your studio or company were to take the reigns? How would you tell these stories? Sure, you may have found out about TGD because of the printed magazine, but the majority of our community has been here for the long haul because of the digital features, the podcast, the shows. But really, TGD could be anything. TGD is telling the stories — trials, tribulations, successes — of creators and that story can be told in any medium.

Maybe you’re really interested in evolving the podcast? I hear podcasts are kind of a big deal these days, and advertisers seem to like them. Maybe events and community are your thing? Maybe the site is your passion and you want to amass another 300 features? Whatever it is, whatever you want it to be, take it there. Show the world your discontent. Satiate your curiosity for these stories.

I believe so passionately in TGD — what it stands for and how it inspires the creative world. There’s not an interview that goes out that I’m not challenged by, and I’ve read every single one multiple times. There’s not a day that goes by where someone recognizes the name or recalls a story where I’m not proud as hell of what we’ve built as a team. So who out there in the world is discontented? Who wants this torch? Who wants to take it further and reach a growing generation of professional and aspiring creatives?

Email me. Let’s talk.

Ryan Essmaker
Editor in Chief & Cofounder

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