I’ve now finished the 12 weeks of the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This book was suggested to me by a performer friend over the summer. The book is laid out by week and while it’s a bit “hippie” for me, I stuck through it and I’m glad I did.
Let me start by saying, that I don’t think I’m this book’s target demographic. A lot of it feels like it’s trying to get people to step away from negative people who say you can’t do art for a job. I did that years ago, however it did encourage me to deal less with negative people and I’m a happier person because of that!
Did the book make me more creative?
Sort of. It’s given me some tools to get my ideas out a little bit faster, and while I play a lot, it’s encouraged me to play a lot more…and write a lot more.
I think anyone who commits to the book will get something out of it.
Practicing is something that I’m amazed at how few magicians do. The kinda learn something, then it’s the end. Or the bigger one is when magicians complain that something is hard. That’s loser talk, yes somethings may be hard, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Everyone wants to be Shin Lim, but only Shin Lim … Continue reading “Practice Time…”
Practicing is something that I’m amazed at how few magicians do. The kinda learn something, then it’s the end. Or the bigger one is when magicians complain that something is hard. That’s loser talk, yes somethings may be hard, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Everyone wants to be Shin Lim, but only Shin Lim put in the work to be Shin Lim.
In a broad sense practicing can take many forms. It could be working on the muscle memory for a sleight, it could be rehearsing an act, it could be writing a bit, it could be watching a video of yourself performing. There are a lot of ways you can put in the work. All of those things make you a better performer.
Personally, I’m writing this today to motivate myself. I’m in a situation where I have a lot of downtime while travelling to shows. Yesterday was day one of two weeks and at one point I was bored. I’m not bored, I was being lazy. There’s nothing wrong with relaxing, but being bored there is. Once I realized my thought, I picked up a book and started reading, I was practicing being me.
There’s a henry rollins quote that’s relevant to this: “No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time, no such thing as down time. All you got is life time. Go.”. That’s true. I can spend my time wishing I had something to do, OR I can do something.