One way to think about the related ideas of self esteem, self regard and self concept is in terms of how we compare ourselves to others, which can suffocate our creativity. If you are an actor, for example (or even wanting to be one), and compare yourself with Meryl Streep or Colin Firth, do you […]
“To diverge from the mainstream and from mediocrity takes a lot of guts, and it takes a lot of bravery. “And to be in a movie that is all about that is so exciting to me, because I want to encourage everyone to take a step toward sovereignty.” Shailene Woodley From article Shailene Woodley embraces […]
In a very poignant scene at the end of the movie “The Imitation Game” computer scientist Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) has been undergoing court-mandated hormone therapy to “cure” him of his homosexuality, a treatment that left him very ill but allowed him to continue his work rather than going to prison. One of the most […]
One of those cliches about creative expression is to “Write what you know.” Maybe it can be expanded to “Create from what you know and who you are.” Lena Dunham is the creator, executive producer, and one of the stars of the HBO series “Girls” about four young women living in New York. She bases […]
One reason for discounting our creative abilities is comparing ourselves to other people, especially well-known and successful artists, such as millionaire novelist Dean Koontz.
And myths about artists being “crazy” or “starving”…