The best creations in the world come from exploring an emotion. Emotions tie us all together. We’re all capable of happiness, sadness, dismay, amusement, love, fear, anger, hope. They’re a universal constant we can use to create in a voice that is our own but a work that works in any language. We use our creative medium of choice to express those emotions. The most we can do in this world is reach out with our own emotions through our creations and try to touch the souls of others.
I keep coming back around to something Jean Luc Godard said in an interview. He was talking about ways of making a film and he talked a bit about his own way of creating. He said, “…It usually starts with an abstract feeling, a sort of strange attraction to something I am not sure of. And making the film is a way for me to find out what that abstract element is, to verify it. This method implies a lot of going back and forth, a lot of trial and error, a lot of instinctive changes, and it is only when the film is finished that I am able to discover whether my instinct was right or not.” Excerpted from Moviemakers Master Class by Laurent Tirard, p.208.
Great works come from putting yourself into your creation. You have to give an honest accounting of yourself, a slab of truth to the world. That’s why artists of all kinds have difficulties creating. It’s hard to pour honesty into a work. Remember, though, that you don’t always have to make great art. You don’t have to push yourself to perfection. You have to create. You have to create and then you have to create some more. Don’t believe that everything has is perfection and let yourself go every once in a while. Create. Explore your emotions and maybe just let things go to hell every once in a while.