Angelo J. Bell: Balancing LIFE in the creative world

neo-noir-small-croppedby Angelo J. Bell

Life in the creative world is fraught with instances of friends  family and strangers telling you, “It can’t be done” or “The odds are against you.” Although I’m sure they exist, I don’t know of any artist who ever thought that the odds were in his/her favor. Instead, we, as creatives, merely acquiesce to fate/destiny and to the notion that we will never be happy doing anything else.

Even trying — and failing — is better than abandoning our hopes and dreams….our love affair, with the arts. Just ask any bitter person who long ago abandoned their childlike dreams.

The point then is not, how do we fight the naysayers and negative ninnies, the point is: accepting the full spectrum of our existence in the creative world. Yes, we should build a team of supporters, cheerleaders and motivators. But we must embrace the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the crowds and the solitude. Ultimately we must embrace that fact quite often we must take the first steps towards our goal alone, and in an unfamiliar territory. But isn’t that what has beckoned us into this realm of creativity from the start?

Whether you create worlds with words, perform, give life with 1?s and 0?s, or perceive life with celluloid, our most prized possession, our sword and our shield, is our love for what we do.

Passion, Inspiration, Play, and Creativity


…All lumped together in our title cuz, you know, they go together like, oh, how about lurve and marriage? No? But they do go together. Seriously, watch what Scott Barry Kaufman of CreativityPost.Com has to say:

Ain’t Vimeo cool?

Inspiration by Any Other Name is Still Something All Creators Need

Why do these otherwise helpful articles have to be so damn pompous:

Priming Your Creativity – by Michael Michalko

Your creative thinking performance can be primed with certain images and pictures.

Experimental social psychologists have conducted numerous experiments that demonstrate how behavior and performance can be “primed” by showing participants certain objects and pictures. In one study, participants who were primed with pictures associated with business — such as briefcases, pens, pictures of people dressed in business clothes, commuter trains, and so on — became more competitive. The social psychologist Michael Slepian and colleagues at Tufts University noticed during a study on “bright ideas” that participants became more insightful and creative when they were primed with an exposed light bulb. In short, they found that even exposure to an illuminating light bulb primes creativity.

Primes have been reported to influence nearly every facet of social life. Yale University psychologist John Bargh  had college students unscramble sentences that, for one group, contained words related to stereotypes about the elderly, such as wrinkle and Florida. Upon finishing, participants who had read old age–related words took seconds longer to walk down an exit hallway than peers who had perused age-neutral words. In other experiments, cues about money and wealth nudged people to become more self-oriented and less helpful to others. And people holding hot cups of coffee were more apt to judge strangers as having warm personalities. [The Hot and Cold of Priming by Bruce Bower. Science News. May 19th, 2012; Vol.181 #10]

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3 cheers for Michael Michalko’s brother-in-law…but shouldn’t he still be worried about the most creative effort most of us engage in – making a living? Oh, Christ, I’ve turned into my father!