Fashion and Film are a constant creative force in motion. They never stop, which is inspirational. It’s intriguing, exciting, and at times, intoxicating. These creative venues are beautiful and provide a healing form of self-expression as well as a sense of fantasy. As a writer, it can be a very fulfilling experience to enter the “world” of the artist, learn everything one can about their creative process, and genuinely observe the dedication it takes. Ultimately though, it’s about representing the artist correctly — whether it’s a fashion designer, visual artist, filmmaker or actor. There is a sense of integrity. Telling the story correctly is just as important as the story.
The details of the designs and can appear as a mystery at first. Usually, it’s quite personal. Additionally, The persistence factor: Did this immensely talented person naturally “fall into it” or was it a conscious choice that originated from a burning desire to create, and in turn, unable to live without their art. The same concept applies to filmmakers and actors. They are working in an intensely competitive industry. However, as hard as it can be; many are not able to let go. They are telling a story… It sustains them and takes on an inner journey.
Personally, I enjoy all artistic differences — the diversity, the interpretation, and the risk factor. Whether it’s a couture designer for musical artists, visual artists making a difference in the world to promote compassion, a jewelry designer on the rise whose work tells a story, or an incredibly talented actor/actress, it provokes thought. Some artists are fearless, and for others, there is a restlessness that comes with it. It’s tricky; sometimes the tension can drive the creativity and passion into action. However, most successful artists have a common trait: consistency with an element of surprise and a touch of edginess.
In many instances, there are personal and/or professional setbacks but a strong mindset (it is essential) pushes through. On a recent photo shoot, I was interviewing a famous actress. I was diligent and stayed on script, yet it started to feel highly impersonal. We began to talk further, and I noticed that she happened to be incredibly shy (which shocked me) and unbelievably down to earth. During a break, she expressed how hard she has worked, how many times she has fallen, and the motivation to get back up. I had to ask her, “How did you stay motivated?” “I could not live a peaceful life without acting,” she said. Of course, there were side jobs in the beginning, but she knew she would make it because there was no other choice. Her art was not just an expression of herself, it defined and sustained her.
So yes, there is talent and passion but, intense determination and persistence go a long way. True art evokes emotion and starts a conversation. If you genuinely love what you are doing and setting your intention, the rest will come together. It takes a lot of strength to put oneself out there creatively.
I also observe many young kids (my children’s age) embracing their artistic passion at such a young age. I think that is amazing if it is something they genuinely want. One of the greatest lessons we can teach our children is to never give up on their dreams. When I talk to my kids about musical artists or films that inspire them, I love getting their take on it. Sometimes adults even envy the younger generation since they do not question their decisions as much as we do. In the end, it comes down to the artists that genuinely produce good work that ends up making a difference. It is always much easier to criticize when we are not engaged in life and not taking risks, but if you are giving your work every ounce of you, then that is what counts. You are taking chances and most importantly, embracing the journey. As I have found personally, as a writer, there is an enormous amount of richness in the journey.
To Be Noted: All Artists Above, I have featured previously but separately for various websites.
Laurel Dewitt, Bjorn Van Den Berg, James Bressack, Brandan Odums, Cleo Anthony, and Cheryl Koo