I’m fascinated with the creative process in general.
I love art of all kinds. Acting, painting, mixed media, writing, fashion design, dancing etc.
I dabble in a number of these creative areas.
At the beginning of starting a project, during the middle and afterward, I consistently ask myself is this worthy of an audience?
It’s Not Personal
The trouble is, any artist of any genre doesn’t really know what type of response their work will illicit until they get it out in the world.
Since that’s the case, the artist better like their work…. because many who see it may not.
Artists and creative people tend to be very sensitive. However, it’s so important to develop distance and a thick skin when it comes to others viewing your work.
It’s really the only way to know yourself as an artist.
As well, if you want to make a living at it, you better know what separates you from your audience and other competing artists.
What To Concentrate On (Uniqueness & Logic)
In my experience as a writer, mixed media artist, actor and music hack, I’ve found the more I marry my unique personal perspective with logical objectivity, I have the best hoped for outcome.
Sometimes even great.
What does that mean? Frankly, it boils down to a decision making process.
If artists want to put out consistently good work they must know themselves very well.
It’s the only way they can hear the whispers of their own intuition telling them what to keep and what to leave out.
… And isn’t that part of great art? Knowing what to leave out?
An artist’s mind needs to be still enough so he/she can listen when that inner voice says something like, “Hmmmm I’m not sure about that. Maybe you should wait a bit until I make up my mind?”
No Ignoring Your Intuition
I don’t know about you, but many times I’ve either ignored an internal message like that or just plain missed it.
Then, one of two things have happened, I either have to try to “fix” it, sometimes destroying other elements in the work I liked or just putting it on the shelf until I can come up with something I find interesting.
This has happened with stories I’ve written, the mixed media wall art I do and sometimes the acting too.
If there wasn’t a deadline in terms of when rehearsals end and performances begin I would take even longer to build a character. I’m often creating and building detail into my role right up to dress rehearsal.
At that point, you really can’t change too much up in a production or the actors will start to forget and get confused.
Although the pursuit of spontaneity within a repetitive creative endeavor like acting, never ends.
What’s The Actual Point?
Anyway, my point is to suggest you ask what you like about your work at a certain point in its creation (that’s your unique perspective) and then ask, “What can I do right now with my skills and materials?”
Always work with what is, right now. What’s in your lap? So to speak.
It just could be the think that makes your artwork genuinely and brilliantly unique.
A well known acting coach once said, “There’s no such thing as ‘nothing.'”
Meaning, it didn’t matter what the other actor did. Every moment is new and fresh and a creative person can find a way to make something out of nothing.
I will definitely have an entire series of these types of posts. I don’t see them enough online.
Creation all starts with thought forms, ideas, dreams; how they manifest has a lot to do with what we decide to focus our energy on. So let’s create something great!
Wishing you many imaginative tales. We at The Nexus
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