survival of the creative-est

 

survival of the creative-est

When I began my Workroom project I knew I wanted to create something different / dynamic / reflective of the varity of things I do.

I also wanted to challenge myself to learn things I didn't know. (For sure, something here about the dire urge in middle-age to remain cutting edge.) 

In the process, I discovered some of the newfangled things going on in the cyber world actually filled a need I already had. Example: like a lot of actors I've always collected articles & pics related to roles & craft -- both in print & from the internet. I love making character collages for acting roles. (Remember tear sheet files?) So, I was giddy to discover Pinterest as a place to save & share these things in an organized & beautiful way.

As well, for years, for no particular reason, I've scribbled, journeled, typed 120 WPM about acting, auditioning, performance, the creative process -- ostensibly fodder for another acting book tentatively titled Talent and Personality -- but really because it's the way I process & figure out my ideas about the work. Putting it down on paper kicks up my game as actor & acting coach & lets me find out what really matters to me. Anyway, I don't have much of a choice. I feel compelled to do it.

And then...along comes Tumblr, an easy way to publish, a "social" place to blog & follow blogs. The most difficult thing about blogging, I read, is coming up with enough content. Well, hello. Unbeknownst to me, I'd been preparing "content" for many years. (& I also have a backlog of dozens of essays about all the other things in life, along with maybe 30 short stories & 200 poems. hmmm...fiction/poetry blog next?)  

For a long time the internet & everything you could do with it seemed more suited to business than art. (Start with power point & excel spread sheets.) The new social media outlets seem to favor artists. (I'm especially interested right now in "MEDIUM" -- the new site for collections of all kinds that Twitter will soon be launching.)

Purists take heart: these new platforms don't really work for conformists, bankers & social climbers, or those greatly enamoured of the emperor's new clothes. It's real easy to see on these sites who's got it & who ain't. It's no longer about survival of the fittest or even the brainiest. I'm tempted to say this new era can be called survival of the creative-ests. The most talented will be the last ones standing. And not just in artistic fields. In human resources, in marketing, in management, in non-profit-ing. Creativity is welcome everywhere.

The curating-&-creating-combo skill set is one that actors are exceptionally adept at. I think of this as an arena for expressive people to create for the sheer joy of it. To enhance skills & craft. And, along the way, to connect with people on the same wave-length. (Oh, hell, why not say it? In order to take over the world. The lawyers, cheerleaders & sycophants have knocked it around long enough.) Most of all to do what real artists always want to do: reveal & share our essential selves. 

I'm just starting with all this stuff. "This stuff" meaning the enhancement of my artistic life & work via new media expression. I'm eager to hear from actors / theater artists about similiar experiences.

QUESTION: How have these new social media sites intersected with your creative work?