I often get asked the questions, ‘Why do you write?’ or ‘Why do you like to write?’
So many people see it as something that they have to do rather than a form of expression or a way to be creative.
For me? It’s a mix of both. The fact that I have a full-time office job, it’s nice to be able to balance my brain and get a feel of my creative side when I get home from work each day.
A lot of people (like my family, for instance) who have seen me work probably just think that I’m watching YouTube videos and looking at memes all day. There’s literally one specific spot at my parents’ home in Sydney where I can sit with my laptop and be at the same spot for hours on end.
But in actual fact I’m filtering through and researching for creative content to share with you all, whilst adding my own unique voice to each piece. I don’t like to write about what everyone else is writing about. First of all, I don’t have the time to write about everything out there on the world wide web, and to be completely honest, I don’t want to either. I find content that I like or that resonates with me in some way and I see it as something that I want to share with you in an in-depth recollection. It’s more than just a link to the latest song or video. It’s telling you why you should read this or watch that.
Award winning director and video producer Andy Newman must have been asked the same question(s) at some point in his life, because he has recently released a 3-part series that pretty much shares with you the many answers of why, creative individuals do what they do.
“I’m continually drawn to people who do what they want on their terms. People who make their own rules; who don’t wait for others to give them permission. The mission of “Why We Create” is embodied in the reasons why those featured in these films tirelessly chase what they love.” – Andy Newman.
“It’s about taking someone else’s work and adding your own flavour to it, because if you don’t, you’re just going to end up doing nothing; or you’re going to accomplish something and come up with something creative, and then be angry at everyone else who is following your inspiration right now.” – Adam Lehman
Further to what I said earlier, photographer Nick Fancher (showcased in the video above) pretty much sums up what I’m trying to say: “It’s all about the process; all about looking at what are other people doing right now that’s blowing my mind, making me feel something.” – and in turn, “You create something that you’re proud of or something that is beautiful; you’ve done that for yourself but you also want to share it with others.” i.e. YOU.
“What excites me about work is working hard. Being in a place that doesn’t allow me to work hard and to work independently just really terrifies me.” – Tyler Deeb
These three videos pretty much explain what I want to say, in visual form.
The difference between myself and the three videos you’re about to watch (or have watched) is that the artists highlighted in each video are all doing this as their full-time job – it’s what they do during the hours of “9to5”, but it’s not entirely restricted to those hours either – and that’s something that I’m still working on to achieve.