Last night, I hung out with a friend I made when I was in film production. Every time I hang out with her, I am inspired to create. I feel the same way after a writing workshop, meeting, or panel I attend. Creative people omit energy that can’t be described. I know because I feel it and maybe I omit the same thing too.
On Monday night, I met two women that told me I look like a writer. I’ve never heard me described as a “writer” before. I don’t know what a writer looks like but I was filled with pride and glee. I’ve awakened my creative energy and I’m no longer shying away from my passion. Maybe it’s because I see writing/creativity/imagination in everything now more than ever, and am writing everything down that those women saw that in me? Whatever the case may be, I was proud to be seen as a writer.
Writing is such a solitary activity, ya know? So when you connect with a fellow creative person, you feed off of each other’s energy and push each other to keep going.
I look forward to making the time to create with my friend and other fellow writers. There’s nothing like a collective artistic force banding together and making art.
Friday night, I went to see Lady Gaga in concert. She’s no Madonna but she works the crowd in her own way.
“The Monster Ball will set you free! Follow the glitter way!” she told us at the start of the show.
The theme of the show was her version of Wizard of Oz; instead of going to see the wizard, she was going to the Monster Ball.
Her outfits were outrageous (but not as much as I expected), yes there was blood, a monster, and many many costume changes. I had a blast.
This performance illustrated that Lady Gaga was indeed an artist; she may be known for her antics and persona, but when she sang “Speechless,” she rocked MSG.
She called us her “little monsters” the whole time which was cute; it was quite a performance.
Overall, this little monster is going to “follow my glitter way” and find my own “monster ball” to be set free!
A few years ago, a friend gave me the book, Letters to a Young Artist, as a birthday gift. She mentioned she purchased the book at the New Museum on Bowery so I assumed this was to painters. When I started reading this book of support, I was so so wrong. Filled with letters from the well-known and unknown (to me) artists in the world, each short chapter is a letter from them to a young artist (like myself) with words of encouragement. Below, Yoko Ono’s letter to this young artist per this book.
To a Young Artist,
You could be 18, 30, or 50, you are young to have decided to be an artist at this time in your life. First let me congratulate you on your choice. From here on, you enter the endless magic life of being an artist.
The world is your oyster: It will provide you with unlimited material for your art. Look at it again from that point of view. Suddenly the world is a different place, so interesting, so beautiful, and so mysterious. Have fun with it. And share your fun with us.