Courage – Daily Therapy for Artists

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“If you want more success, you have to be prepared to shrug off more failure.  Creative people do more experiments, they are prolific in failure.”   Madeleine Dore


Lost in the Music

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Today’s quote is from T S Eliot..

Music heard so deeply that it is not heard at all, but you are the music.”

I can think of times when I have listened to music and my self disappeared.  I was lost in the music and became one with it.  This quote is worth thinking about.  Can you remember times when you were the music?

Do You Have a Reason to Create the Mysterious and New?

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The audience, viewer, reader, listener is nothing but a child in front of a new toy.  And like a child, he begs to know what’s inside the toy, what makes it walk when you turn the key in the back, what makes it fly, what makes it tick.  Like children, we continue to look for new things that will puzzle us with another mystery. We usually are intrigued by something that we think will be better than what we have known in the past or are experiencing in the present.   We dream of the notion that this new toy will appease our eternal quest for perfection or for an ideal.

As we grow older, there remains less to discover.  Many secrets of our toys have been discovered.  We all have a divine spark in our nature and we are not comfortable to rest in the knowledge of things that have become clear to us.  We, like children continue to search for another mystery.  We are continuously looking for the answers to the question “why”.  In essence, we are all searching for a better life.

Consequently, as an artist, writer, musician, photographer or other creative, you must present your creation in such bright colours  that life appears so beautiful and alluring, so unlike the one actually being experienced by the audience, a mysterious new toy so to speak.


Before you next start to work on a project try asking yourself the following questions:

  • Will your viewer, reader, listener, participant be fascinated with your work?
  • Does he want to stay, look, listen or read a little longer?
  • Does your work reveal a world brighter and better than he is currently experiencing?
  • Does your viewer, participant, reader or listener think of it after he has gone?
  • Will he tell at least one other person about the experience you have given him?

If you answer in the positive to all these questions you will stand out from the rest.  If not, you may need to reconsider your concept – how you think about it, how you research it, apply it and feel about it. Sometimes, the mere unpredictability of the outcome makes it work.

Photograph courtesy of organisational storytellers,

Acting: The First Six Lessons by Richard Boleslavsky 2010 Published by Routledge