Monday, May 17, 2010
For each of the eight weeks of Lara's piddix internship I have created a list of set tasks. These pretty much always includes a book to read/review, several hours of work for piddix, as well as specific tasks for her own business, fraserhead. Last week I had a bit of an epiphany while I was putting together the intern assignment for the week: I was trying to create a mini-piddix. I had been showing Lara how to run a business in the exact same manner that I had done (too many hours working, too much stress). I had assumed that she, like me, was motivated by impossible goals and deadlines. But it turns out, Lara's goals are much more focused on learning, exploration and creativity (how fun and smart). In order to get a better sense of what motivates her, I asked Lara participate in my "one question" series and answer the following, and I love to hear from others what helps motivate your creativity, too:
Q: What inspires to to be creative?
A: Well, let me start by saying that there are many forms of creation, some of which I am good at, some of which I am not. Cooking and dancing, for example, happen to come very easily to me. I can dance and cook under almost any conditions without thinking twice. Then there are all the other acts of creation: drawing, singing, writing, painting, etc. that have taken on a life of their own and hover over me at night, snickering. To be creative in these ways requires a little bit of witchcraft on my part.
So what inspires me to be creative?
Riding my bicycle at night
A beautiful book
Fresh cut flowers
A big stack of crisp paper
A cute outfit
Talking and eating and drinking with friends
Essentially I need to feel at peace to create. But being creative is a bit of a torment for me. I've yet to reconcile the two, which is why I usually end up in the kitchen, cooking and dancing.