Heart Leads Head – The Challenge To Study The Creative Arts
Heart Leads Head.
It’s a mantra that we in the creative field simply must follow. We may never consciously state this to ourselves, but it still is the methodology for us.
Our ‘product’ comes from being connected to something beyond ourselves, something many others may not understand. As well as being deeply connected to ourselves. We must portray the things that people feel and cannot express themselves. We must write so that people look at what we write and say
“Yes! That’s exactly how I feel!”
We’re supposed to be open to the ‘elements’ and must be buffeted, tossed about and torn in so many different ways. Yet we must harness that somehow and use that to choreograph, to dance, to sing, to recite poetry.
We are supposed to be the mouthpiece of people. We must be the ones to say “It’s 10 o’clock and all is well!”
And when things get rough, we are to console, we are to offer up our hearts as an offering for those in pain. We are made to take the pain and hold it, sometimes nurture it. Till it must come out in song, in verse, in dance in a movie. In whatever form our creative self takes. We often don’t have the luxury of an ear, for we are those ears. We are the eyes that must see and we are the mouthpieces that must speak.
Only the immensely lucky get to earn bucket loads of money. Despite working the same amount of hours and and even more, of those in Science, Business, Law etc.
So, why oh why would anyone consider studying such a subject? Why give yourself over to these creative forces?
If you have ever written a poem, a song, screenplay, and handed over to someone and had it profoundly touch their heart, you will know exactly why we do it. There is no better feeling than knowing you have captured an emotion and clearly depicted it in some form or another. It’s not always about the best way of putting words together, or the best angle to shoot a film from, or the best voice that sings. If a poem, a song, a picture manages to accurately capture emotion, it has caught something beautiful indeed.
We in the creative world strive to capture these fleeting intangible moments. We seek to make them last longer so they can be revisited and remembered. Our job is to completely give ourselves over to something bigger and believe that what is channeled through is is worth the time and effort.
It is a huge challenge. Do you dare take it up?