Creator Spotlight with Multimedia Creator & Author Mikhail Tank 

This week we’d like to introduce you to multimedia creator and author Mikhail Tank. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

What was the inspiration behind becoming a creator? What do you enjoy most about the creative process?

I have been creating, performing since age three. Then, at 13, I filed my first copyright application with the Copyright Office for my unique solo theatre, The Darksoul Theatre, which I have traveled with and virtually performed in many beautiful locations. Interestingly, the year of my birth, 1978, is a significant year for U.S. copyright law. Most recently, I have completed and released a series of four hardcover books, written in and about the elegant culture of Japan. The books—Magic Summer in Japan, Magic Winter in Japan, Impressions of the Psyche, and MAGATAMA—that are available via Amazon. I have also recently released a single and EP, recorded at Onkio Haus Ginza, the 70th episodes for my 6th season of the podcast, Archetypal Mosaic, and did a live show with classical musician and Japanese artist, Rena Kato. Creating is releasing the soul from the cage of human restrictions and allowing it to inspire other souls.

Can you talk through your creative process? How long does it take? Does everything you produce make money?

Out of the plethora of projects that I create, only a few make some money. Most others don’t and that doesn’t stop me. I noticed that some projects have a niche, others live at a different time, perhaps with a different audience, and some have a lot of followers and are beloved. All of these options are okay with me. My job is to listen to my soul, create what touches my instinct, and inspire others on a deeper level.

When did you first become aware of copyright, and why?

When I was 12 or 13, I created a soulful new style of performance art and learned how to file for copyright protection by myself. I found it valuable and interesting.

What is the best piece of advice that you would give other creators in your field about copyright and how to protect themselves?

I would suggest one main artistic piece of advice, which is to share your work with others only after you protect them and are ready to share them.

What is your biggest copyright-related challenge?

I have an issue with one social media network that is basically a monopoly, it has a way of over-censoring artists and silencing people. They tend to utilize artists’ works without access or granted permission and do not take down potential infringements when requested. Artists should always have control over their work, including the ability to amend it, explain it, alter it, or remove it. I also wish that all creators have the ability to be their true selves.

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