We all feel lost at times, wondering who we really are and what we want to do with our lives. I don’t like being lost at sea, particularly if it’s a sea of self pity. Who wants to spend time there? But when it happens anyway it’s such a joy to find inspiration, something to push me back to the safe shore of creativity.
A while ago I found a website about creative people and their processes. I loved the fact that is was about scriptwriters. It’s a secret dream of mine to one day write a great script for a feature film. (Ooops! The cat is out of the bag!)
One of the videos showed the creative process of Ava DuVernay, the creator of for example appraised TV series Queen Sugar and feature film Selma (2014). The clip (see below) almost brought tears to my eyes.
Her process isn’t very far from mine, which is comforting to know, but when she talked about her past experiences… Ooooh, goose-bump-moment!
Inspiration à la Ava DuVernay
Ava said she had discovered being creative, and allowing it, had made her a happier person. There was a time when she had held back the force of creativity in her life, and she now sees it was bad for her.
Isn’t that what most of us do? Hold back? Why do we do that? We shouldn’t deny the world our creativity. Maybe it can change everything for the better? The simple fact, that being creative makes us happier, is reason enough.
What does your creative process look like?
Watch the film and let yourself be inspired.
Photo: Märchenbrunnen, Volkspark Friedrichshain, Berlin