Actor, writer, producer Felicia Day has become well-known for her work in web video, such as the Internet musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog” and the web series “The Guild”, which she created, writes and stars in.
She graduated college as Valedictorian of her class, with degrees in Mathematics and Violin Performance, and went on to pursue acting in movies, TV shows and commercials.
In a recent interview on net@night, hosted by Amber MacArthur and Leo Laporte, she commented about feeling “creatively bored” with the kind of repetitive acting jobs she was getting, and decided to write a project based on her passion for gaming, which became The Guild.
[See her new project – Game On! The Bollywood-inspired music video – on her site feliciaday.com.]
In another interview, she noted, “In Hollywood you’re so disempowered. You’re always waiting for somebody to green-light what you do.”
But with The Guild, she says, “We have passionate people who care about what we’re making. And that’s enough. It makes it worth all the hard work that we’re not necessarily rolling around in money for.”
What’s so bad about boredom?
Many people endure jobs that are, at least sometimes, boring – even drudgery.
But, as Pearl Buck noted many years ago, people with a “truly creative mind in any field” have an “overpowering necessity to create, create, create – so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off.”
[More of her quotes in my Creative Mind post Being Highly Sensitive, Being Creative.]
For a creative person boredom is not a result of a lack of things to do but from not being able to express their talents enough – such as Day found in being typecast into only limited character roles.
Eric Maisel, PhD, author of The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person’s Path Through Depression, says that not being able to express your creativity enough is also an issue of meaning, which is of deep importance in dealing with dark moods, especially for creative people.
He says, “When we fear that we do not matter or that our efforts do not matter, we get depressed. Similarly, the places where we make large investments of meaning, for instance in our performances, paintings, or books, are places of great anxiety, because there is more than our ego on the line, there is our very sense of the meaningfulness of our life.”
[From my post Dealing with depression to access our creativity.]
Michael Piechowski writes in his book “Mellow Out” They Say: If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright, that intensity of the imagination means “free play of the imagination, capacity for living in a world of fantasy, spontaneous imagery as an expression of emotional tension, and low tolerance of boredom.”
[From post: Day 11: Our Precious Imagination by Lisa Rivero.]
So pay attention if you feel bored – and do something about it – even if it risks getting labeled an “overachiever.”