Do you ever give in to the idea that only a unique, specially gifted group of people are creative, or can be called artists?
Known for his role in the TV series “Empire,” Terrence Howard is multitalented: before acting he studied chemical engineering, and has produced an album of his “urban country” music.
In an interview, he comments about being a creative person:
“We have to remember.. that we’re all artists. Every one of us is an artist, and as an artist, you really can stroll into any venue that you want, as long as you take your time to learn the etiquette of that venue.
“As a painter who’s used acrylics, you can easily learn how to use oils, but you have to know the rules of using oils.
“And once these young artists learn the rules of applying themselves not just musically, but applying themselves theatrically, it’s the same rules being used, it’s just a different stroke.”
He says he applauds that:
“Every artist has to grow, and has to challenge themselves with a new form of expression. … I want to touch all fields. But I’m just learning this sinew of musical expression a little bit more first…
“The reason that I’m an actor, or an artist, is ultimately because I’m trying to paint a self-portrait, and the most complete and beautiful self-portrait that you can.
“My future’s about trying to be a better man. My future’s truly about trying to be a better human being.
“I can’t tell you if one day I’ll be standing up there with an Oscar or directing, but I am going to be the best human being I possibly can.”
From Bullz-Eye Interview by Jason Zingale (2005).
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Read about more multitalented creators like Jessica Lange, Gordon Parks, Julia Cameron, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Seymour, Natalie Portman, James Franco, Mayim Bialik, Jeff Bridges, Viggo Mortensen, David Lynch and others in my article: Multitalented Creative People [an excerpt from my main book].
Also, remember that these artists did not suddenly or magically produce the creative work that has made them so well-known – they usually work years, even decades, to realize their passions and gain prominence.
Terrence Howard, for example, has been quoted: “I did 19 years of supporting [roles] before I tried to take a lead.” (imdb)