Monday, 7 November 2011
Defining who you are as an artist and as a person can be an emotionally, physically and mentally draining exercise and is a life-long experiment and journey. Trying to make yourself fit into these silos as John Jay has offered as a metaphor, takes a toll and it becomes quite easy to give up a potentially amazing creative life. I'm at a complete loss much of the time because I do not fit into a category, typical work space or job profile, but I am okay with that because I am making my own way through, what I consider, crazy.terrible.work.crap.
I have done many hours in normal jobs, cubicles and in awful places, and while that is "good work experience", it undermined my creative being. The experience is great no doubt and should be considered by most, but moving toward work that feeds your spirit is always the best choice. I admire those people who, at a much younger age strive to do their own thing despite the norm. I had the misfortune of letting myself be controlled and dictated from a very early age, but that's just my journey. How will you create yours?