As creatives, we’ve got to ask ourselves a few pertinent questions from time to time.
- What really fulfills me?
- What do I have to give?
- How do I sustain my creative projects?
They’re not easy questions for creative people to answer. We tend to be nonspecific in our desires, knowing we want something but not defining it succinctly.
We may have vague, foggy notions about what we want but as the sun starts to peer through the fog a pseudo-religious attitude craftily whispers “stop being so selfish! Why do YOU think you should get what you want? Be happy with what you’ve got.”
What the world needs is people who are fully alive and who generously share themselves with others…artists. (Tweet that)
But sometimes it may seem easier to be unhappy and feel unfilled than to clearly define what we want.
Do. Something. Differently.
When we try to answer those three pivotal questions listed above, we may get confused, frustrated or despondent for one simple reason: we don’t know what we want.
Or worse, we ramble on and on (and on) about a multitude of interests and desires, refusing to hone in on one place to start.
My 2 cents: start. Do. And do something differently.
I’ll start with what my answers would be…
- What really fulfills me? Creating stories (via film, written word and/or acting) really fulfills me.
- What do I have to give? I can give my talents and education that I’ve honed over the past 25 years to accomplish what fulfills me.
- How do I sustain my creative projects? I can make that happen by writing 10 minutes everyday, auditioning and not overworking at my day job.
As we come fully alive in our creativity, we invite others to do the same.