Friday, April 10th, 2015

FEARLESS CREATORS celebrates the idea that by jumping into creativity as amateurs, daring to fail, we can achieve more than we ever imagined.

And now I give you…...terrible dance moves.

(I can get away with this on my birthday, right?)

Last winter, I wrote a feature for Columbia College’s Affinity magazine called FEARLESS CREATORS, where CC alumni shared their experiences and struggles with their creative pursuits. (Link here.) The idea stemmed from my lifelong fascination with creativity (anyone who’s read my manuscript can attest to that), and I was interested in exploring how people push past often crushing fears and create something new.

Let’s admit it: creativity is scary. We shed our proverbial skins to the world, a very subjective world, and hope people like what they see. This last bit, the audience bit, is sometimes impossible to forget. This last bit can CRUSH creativity. Because it’s hard, sometimes, to not care what other people will think of your crazy ideas. (or dance moves, in this case). It can feel like walking naked down the street and trying our best to pretend no one is watching. (not that I’ve ever tried this, FYI.) Therefore, in the spirit of bravery, daring to fail, I give you my terrible dance moves.

Let me add one very, very important caveat: making this video was SO MUCH FUN. I’d never made a “music video” before, much less ever opened iMovie on my Mac to download movies and splice them together. (or, for that matter, made movie stands out of a big stack of books. Yes, we are high tech around these parts, let me tell you). And even though I tend to overuse the dramatic conductor-like fist pump in the video (credit to my drum major days in high school), and maybe I can’t really sing like Beyoncé in real life (just trust me on this one), this video is a testament to creativity, jumping in as an amateur, having fun and trying something new.

So find your version of your own “music video,” whatever that might be. Be willing to try something new, even if we dare to fail as we go. Dare away. Because if that’s not success, I don’t know what is.

(A little context: if you’re wondering who the face in the angel is, that’s my then-boyfriend a few years back, when I made him this video for Valentine’s Day. Under the halo, like in the song. Enjoy, if you like!)