Using Creativity to Lift Others
I shouldn’t be giving life lessons.
I’m a kid.
Well, not technically. But I feel like one.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a creative soul. To have so many words and stories, so much art, running through your veins and not have an outlet for them.
I just finished my last class of my theatre degree, and, as an emerging artist, it can be scary to have so many constants up in the air. It’s scary to know that you want to create, yet to remain uncertain as to whether or not you can pay the bills with your art. I truly believe, though, that opportunities are everywhere.
Start a theatre company with your friends, organize a spoken word poetry night, paint a mural in your pregnant friend’s future nursery. There are so many ways to showcase your talents that aren’t “traditionally lucrative”.
Sometimes, we have to give our art away for free so that people will know that we’re out there. So that people can see what we can do.
And if you’re anything like me, being creative makes your heart feel just a little bit lighter.
Even if I have to work jobs that I don’t necessarily love, finding outlets for my creative energy makes all the difference, and is the best self-care.
The amazing thing about creativity and art is, there’s no “maximum” to be reached or quota to be filled. There is space for everyone’s art because everyone has something different to offer the world through their work.
Becoming friends with other creative people has been a game-changer for me. Collaborating on projects, supporting each other with our resources, reaching out to others for advice… all of these things have helped me grow as a writer and an artist.
Let’s use our own creativity to help life up others’, because we’re all in this together.
Let’s help each other feel whole.