Friday, September 30, 2011

The Artist's Way

If a child says to you, I want to be [an actor/a dancer/a writer/a painter/a musician/etc.], you take a small breath and in a calm, even voice reply, "That's a terrible idea....Don't do it."

Because here's the truth of it: the mountains are high and the droughts are frequent.

And here's the further truth of it: if that child has a voracious appetite for a career in the arts, it won't matter a lick what you have to say about it. If their hunger is insatiable, they will seek out teachers and learn their craft.

And then if Lady Luck shines down, you will give a hug and say, "I am so proud of you."

In the meantime, as you toss and turn about your child's future, pick up a copy of Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way." It's a workbook. Do it.

Everyone needs creativity in their life. As we need air, food, and multivitamins, we need to be creative. That can be onstage, in a gallery, in a garden, or in a kitchen.

Or in the classroom.

Because, as it turns out, for all of us: the mountains are high and the droughts are frequent. Creativity is the balm; art gives our lives reason and meaning. The frame.

I wanted to be in Shakespeare because this is my last year in ________________. I also want to make good.

I would want to be prodigy basketball player so I can make a lot of money.
—Mark, 5th grade

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