Do. Something. Differently.

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.”

That’s #$%@!

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.

Freedom / Coney Island Mermaids Parade 2007 / SML
See-ming Lee via Compfight

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.


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Author: Andrew Zahn

I'm a son, husband, dad, business owner, actor and good sleeper/eater. On this blog, I pave a highway for creative growth by providing food, water, and shelter for those wishing to live, work, and play with creative zest.

  • DaveArnold16

    Good thoughts. To act is the most important. We can have all the brilliant ideas in the world, but if we don’t act it’s all for naught.

    • I hear ya Dave! Get a verb on it and do something 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by and for leaving your thoughts too!

  • Drwart

    One thing I did third year is start a Sketch Club via MeetUp. It has been a good thing. Nice to be around other creative people.

    • Community is so powerful to help us along in our creative process! Agreed!

      • Drwart

        Additionally, there is a big benefit witnessing people trying their hand a art for the first time. Some of the members are very new and it is very nice to watch them develop. I think I’m learning more from them!

  • Interesting. I’m in a place I wasn’t a while back….not knowing the answer to any of those questions. Hmmm

    • We have all been there (and will be there) at various points along our life-timeline!

  • These are great and succinct thoughts. A really quick way to self analyze and get going. I’m a doer, but I do get bogged down in the endless list of things I enjoy and that somehow point to what I ultimately love to do, which is to creatively bring order to chaos. It’s a good problem to have, but unless there’s some focus it can be overwhelming.

    • You’re an absolute STUD at bringing order to chaos! And you do it so well.

      Your passion for all forms of art is inspiring Jason. Thanks for all you do.

      • You’re too kind, Andrew. Too kind 🙂 Thanks for all YOU do!

  • Linnette R Mullin

    Andrew, it’s amazing how you can be “connected” to someone for a while and have no interaction. 🙂 I rarely check my Google Plus, but decided to check my notifications today. I’ve really enjoyed looking through your posts. I’ve found them very encouraging. Thank you for that! Thank you for sharing your experience and journey in the creative realm. I’ve been passing it on to others. 🙂

    Have a blessed day! 😀

    • Well you just made my day Linnette!

      Thank you kindly for telling me!

      • Linnette R Mullin

        You’re very welcome! 😀