[Continued from Part 1]
“The practice of any art isn’t to make a living, it’s to make your soul grow.”
To be creative at times feels like an almost effortless flow, but creative work may also require a high level of courage and boldness – even to make the choice to do something creative.
Joan Chen comments about directing her first film: “Xiu Xiu, The Sent Down Girl” (1998), which had opposition from the Chinese government:
“From getting an idea to completing this film…There was obstacle after obstacle after obstacle. I think without that drive, that spiritual need to tell a meaningful story, I would not have been able to do it.”