Archives for August, 2016
Depending on how we look at it, stress can both stimulate and disrupt creativity.
Many artists may use stressful situations and emotional turmoil in their creative work, but stress and emotions such as anxiety can interfere with creative thinking.
Musicians including John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and many others have created "break-up" songs.
"The worst crime you can commit is telling the audience something they already know." Aaron Sorkin
He also comments in the video below:
"You should be evangelical about Aristotle's Poetics. If there is something wrong with your script, that is because you broke one of those rules."
How does fear affect our lives and creative work? Should we even try to "get over" the experience of fear?
Actor Natalie Portman once commented: “Fear is intrinsic to everything you do as a creative person."
Robert Maurer, PhD, a UCLA clinical psychologist, would probably agree.
He has interviewed many successful actors, writers and other creative people, and researched social and neuropsychological aspects of achievement and creative expression for many years.
"I’m amazing for you, not because of you."
Do you compare yourself to others, your life to other lives? That may be natural, even inevitable, since we live as social beings - but it can erode our self-esteem.
Comedian, writer and actor Amy Schumer has related an experience that lowered esteem and confidence; maybe you can relate or find it is familiar: