03 February, 2013

Don't let the Vampires get to you

vincent van gough paint
This is currently my favourite creative quote. It's by Vincent Van Gough. He heard the vampires. Heard them telling him that he couldn't paint; wasn't  good enough. He was a troubled soul and  eventually succumbed to them, but for a while he silenced the vampires by doing what he did best - creating something out of nothing.

Now before you start wondering what I've been smoking, I'm not talking about the blood sucking vampires of lore. It's a different type of vampire I'm referring to, but they're just as scary and they walk among us day and night.

'Listen closely,
a vampire is any person or thought or feeling
that stands between you and your creative self expression,
but they can assume many seductive forms.'
[title of show] 

This is a quote from one of my favourite musicals, [title of show]. It's a musical about two guys writing a musical about... two guys writing a musical, and follows their (and the musical's) journey. It also touches on the process of creativity and how you can be riding high with confidence one day and in the depths of despair the next.

This video clip will explain everything; it's the song 'Die Vampire Die' from [title of show] with still footage from the Broadway production. Sorry, I couldn't get live footage without compromising sound quality.


So there you have it: vampires can be everywhere. Friends, relatives, teachers, mentors, or the voice of 'reason' inside our own heads. Don't listen to them. Just do it. Paint, sing, dance, sculpt, write, Create. Don't be worried that it's not good enough or pretty enough. If you're creating something out of nothing that's a miracle and it's perfect. :)

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