There’s a lot of creative people out there hiding behind your non-commitment.
Creativity can be frightening. I get that. When one allows their creative works to be known to others, it can feel like a smack in the face if you hear a rude comment or a flippant laugh.
I work with a lot of students who are afraid to step out and try the unknown. Sometimes, if they let me read their play or their poem, a verbal addendum of apologies and clarifications as long as the train of a Queen’s gown is attached to it in order to down-play their work and lower expectations.
Again, I understand why. Creative artists are fragile beasts.
But if you want to improve, and if you want to move forward in your craft, I am convinced you have to commit to your creativity and just let it fly.
I dealt with an example of this today. I’m working on the ending of my upcoming show, and the final segment of the show is a narrative piece which is set to music. I’ve been toying all week with wanting to add a narrative introduction to the narrative piece as a way of setting the tone and keeping the audience’s attention.
After a couple days of brainstorming which yielded no fruit, I went back to my script and started pulling out phrases. Then I started playing the intro music and trying out different voices to see what I liked.
And then it hit me. My idea is rather weird. I think my actors are going to look at me as if I’m insane if I asked them to do this. I started second-guessing myself until I put my foot down and said, “No, this is my idea and I’m sticking with it.”
I’ve learned over the years to trust my instincts and go for it.
Now is my idea really clever? Or is it actually stupid? I have no clue.
But the point is, who cares? It’s the creative idea that I currently have, and in lieu of a better one, I’m committed to it.
And that’s how creativity should work. Push your idea, try, mold, change, adapt, but in the end, let it fly, whatever it is and don’t apologize for it – even if someone chuckles at how silly they thought it was.
Trust yourself, and commit to your creativity. It might actually be better than you think.