Creative Block

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


So I blog every Tuesday and every Thursday, which isn't much but I still struggle with that creative block every now and then. 

This creative block doesn't just come down to my blog, it also happens with my script writing, my film productions and some times my acting. 

I recently read a book called 'Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear' by Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and I highly recommend it. But one thing it taught me was that ideas come and go and if you don't nurture them then they will certainly leave you and move on to some one else.

Now I totally agree with this. Ideas come to me all the time (mostly at the most random and inconvenient time) but how do I know which ones to follow and which ones are just time fillers. I guess the answer to this is that you never will know. However, sometimes I sit there with so many ideas that I creatively block myself and end up not being able to follow any of them.

As a creative and an artist I struggle with this most days. Which idea do I give my full attention that day? It is acting out a monologue I want to film? Is it writing that screen play I had an idea for? Is it taking my camera out and grabbing footage that I wanted? Or is it all of them?

Along with earning money to live, attending castings, being on set and meeting friends some times you can become creatively blocked with all that life throws at you.

So what have I decided to do?

Well, keep going is the answer to that. If I have an idea but I can't give it my attention yet, then maybe it is not for me, yet. Maybe it came to me at the wrong time so I have to give it up. I am now only following the ideas that I am passionate about rather than every Tom, Dick and Harry that enters my mind.

As actors I think we can get bogged down with the amount of ideas we have of how to get our career up and running too and I would like everyone to take a moment and breathe. Breathe in your dream and relax. Know that you are doing everything in your power to achieve it, but know you are allowed to enjoy life too.

A creative block isn't a bad thing or something that lasts for ever. So if you feel drained, tired and uninspired, chill. Do something else that day and come back tomorrow. Your dream isn't going anywhere but your life is. Don't fret just get set.

P.S I don't know if this post will make any sense as I am tired, creatively blocked and had a few beers (oh life).

See you Thursday.

Joseph

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