Many lessons have been learnt along these twenty or so years of a creative joyride, and I have decided to share them with you on this platform. I want to talk about all things that make up the life of a creative creature. I am hoping to motivate and inspire you to take that leap or continue that journey into this godawful and yet awe-inspiring world that has no rules and no restrictions, no floorboards and no ceilings. And to open a dialogue about what it really means to be human.
So, for the very first entry of my blog, I wish to offer three pieces of advice for those of you wanting to take part in this game called creativity:
1. Start over
Again and again and again and again. Learn a new skill every chance you can get. Learn it and then let it go and then learn another one. There will come a time when all those skills will merge and you will be in the realm of what is called original thought. And not because you thought of it first, but because your version of that idea that has been done a million times before will be made up of a jumble of skills and experiences that you have acquired over your lifetime that will combine into something that is original and new. Your creative DNA.
2. Work your ass off
It's not an easy game this one. It is not for the faint-hearted. It takes real grit and real stamina to be part of it. Make sure your creative mind is as trained as possible. Work through all the clichés your imagination can carry, put them all out there to be seen, be humbled by them, and just like passing through the sound barrier, you will eventually get to the other side. To a place where nothing matters, not time, not food, not bills, not duties. A place where time is warped and each euphoric hour will feel like a millisecond.
"Stop checking everyone's Instagram feed to see what the new thing is, it will paralyze you and gnaw at your creative impulses."
3. Fuck 'em all.
Don't care about what others think of you. Listen to everyone though. Take heed of those silent hints that reveal the truth in their tone and keep only the words that will keep you moving forward. Stop checking everyone's Instagram feed to see what the new thing is, it will paralyze you and gnaw at your creative impulses. It is like going to the bakery when you are on diet. You will end up eating all the cupcakes and be left riddled with self-loathing and a desire to kill yourself. Learn to trust your gut and be brave enough to be led by it.
For those of you that are already in the game, kudos to you. For sticking through it. And for those of you that are still thinking about it. Don't waste time. It's a hell of a ride.