... I came across a very interesting Youtube video discussing the subject of how to maintain your authenticity as a creative. The 'mathmusician' Vi Hart based her discussion around a book called 'They Became What They Beheld' by Edmund Snow Carpenter. (I found the video via a Youtube playlist of a very authentic artist I admire, Christy Sobolewski). I'm so glad I did – because it reminded me of something important: the reason why I'm doing this 40-day practice. It is for MYSELF.
Yep, I'm following my muse (that little voice inside that doesn't always make perfect sense to the rational mind) and doing this for my own sake. If people resonate with it - then that is great but it is not the sole purpose of the exercise. The danger of going after Facebook likes and Instagram followers is that you can end up changing the content for some perceived demand. And the irony is that you can't possibly know for sure what that demand is. So it is a wild goose chase!
Much better – and productive – is to just 'do your thing' and see who comes along to join in. Artists need to remain authentic. They create because they have something to 'say'. In my case I share it because I hope someone will get a benefit, or simply enjoy it. I love sharing my photos – what else could I do with them!!? Sharing is also contributing to the collective.
And I'm getting so much out of this – on a personal, creative level – that I think I might just do this for the rest of my life!!! (Note: I'm saying this on Day 9 and that might change after a couple more weeks!) But what I say to you is: clear some space for yourself and start a practice. Even in a city you can usually find a park or maybe a quiet cafe where you can make a corner your sanctuary. Claim it – let nothing interfere – and just see where it takes you. I have a feeling that, for me at least, it will be a bridge to something new.