intro to documentary production
Favorite Quote: Each of us is hard-wired a certain way. And that hardwiring insinuates itself into our work. That's not a bad thing. Actually, it's what the world expects from you. We want our artists to take the mundane materials of our lives, run it through their imaginations, and surprise us. If you are by nature a loner, a crusader, an outsider, a jester, a romantic, a melancholic, or any one of a dozen personalities, that quality will shine through in your work.
I like to think that there are many elements to my creative DNA. I have had lots of different experiences that have inspired different emotions and I think those all come out in different ways in my work. I also think that my creative DNA can shift a bit day to day. Since I have anxiety and depression, my mood and headspace can alter a great deal day to day depending on what's going on in my life. If I am creating on a Good Day, my work will probably have different themes than if I'm creating on a Bad Day. I do believe some things stay constant. I'm more introverted and a bit more of an outsider, so I think a lot of my work has a more observational attitude to it.
I'm very much drawn to storylines and ideas that I can personally relate to. If I can relate a situation to an emotion or situation I have experienced before, I feel more connected to it and like I better understand it. Not a lot genuinely repulses me in art. I'm all in favor of trying anything once to see what happens. However, I need to have a reason for including something. I don't want to throw something in just to try it if it has no business being there in the first place. I also don't like trying to work around ideas that I've never had any personal experience with because I feel as though there is not a connection between me and the work.
I don't know that I've really analyzed my work or my life for my specific creative DNA. A lot of times I see it as more subtle. I will make something based on how I see the world or how I understand a situation, but the audience might not get the relationship I have with the piece just by viewing it. I see my creative DNA very much in how I work. It's pretty unorganized and sporadic and a lot of trying things out. I have a system that probably doesn't work for a lot of people, but totally makes sense in my head and helps me work around any anxiety or stress associated with a project.