Creativity and the Freedom to Fail
The most beautiful things for me is the act of creative expression. So why am I worried about all these aspects of the creative process that aren't beautiful?
Because when people are able to sort of indulge their creativity, it makes all of our lives better.
There is a culture of failure here that I find really liberating.
Sometimes LA has too MUCH freedom--you know, and it feels unstructured and it feels chaotic, but there is a looseness and a freedom here that I find really, I dunno, disconcerting but empowering.
There's just no utility in being self critical.
One nice thing about failure is when you go through it at the end you can sort of take stock and say "OK, that was a failure. And it wasn't that bad."
Everybody in LA fails. We just do.
My friends who are very self-critical edit before they actually do anything. They assume that no matter what they do, it's not going to be good and so they don't even bother doing it.
I didn't assume that anyone would show up because I thought the people who don't have jobs are probably still asleep, and the people who do have jobs are at work.
It seems like for many people, that's there biggest inhibitory factor, they criticize themselves almost a priori. Before they start working on their creative project, the critical voice kicks in. And it's so heartbreaking, so unnecessary.
I've seen so many projects stillborn, because the creator doubts themselves.
I find it really inspiring to just live in a dysfunctional crumbling city full of people who make things.
Allowing yourself to find the things that you love and dedicating your life to doing them.
My criteria for failure is (...) did it involve facial tattoos? Did it involve viruses? Did it involve unwanted children or loss limbs? Unless it involves any of these 4 things, you're probably OK.
And selfishly, I feel like when people inhibit there own creative process it makes my life poorer. Because when people are able to indulge their creativity it makes all of our lives better.