Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Lily...

First, I apologize. I hope no one thinks I've abandoned my series. I'm sorry if anyone got that impression.

Second... I wrote my very first screenplay!!! And I love it!!!

Yes, I had to say that.

I'm creative, I always have been for as long as I can remember. I was the kid who did crazy things like make sculptures out of tissue, cutout snowflakes out of old school papers, and origami out of napkins when I was bored. I even tried writing screenplays when I was 14, but that didn't work out because I still had a lot to learn. People would tell me I'm weird, I'm lazy, I'm not focused enough, blah blah whatever.

Here's the deal. I'm just naturally creative. Honestly, I couldn't help it even if I tried. (And I don't want to try). Everyone has their thing. Some are really good at math and grow up to become bankers. Some are good at building things and become architects. Me? I'm creative. I make things up out of nothing. And no, that's not being weird. That's being creative. So I've grown up to be a writer of fiction. No surprise there.

I'm an artist. Always have been. I know, I know, the word artist has such a negative connotation. That's only because there have been many people who call themselves artists, but aren't. Thus giving the false idea that all artists must be full of shit. That guy at the cafe who is always loudly talking about creating his next masterpiece of an oil painting? Not an artist, he's s poser who just like to talk. Real artists have something to show for themselves. A book, a painting, a poem, or a screenplay. Real artists work their asses off and finish their projects no matter what. Real artists don't just talk. They DO.

On the flip side of the coin, there have been many people, authors, painters, designers, etc, who work their little buns off but never create art. Thus giving the impression those who work hard can't be real artists. Also, see above.

Contrary to popular opinion, being an artist isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's often thankless work. No one remembers your name, but at least they never forget your work for what it is - real art.

What defines an artist? How can you tell a person is a real artist? Simple. Passion and dedication.

So rest assured, even though I've been working on a screenplay, not only did I finish it, I will finish my series.

Because I'm an artist :)

8 comments:

  1. Well said, Lily! Very well said. =) Other creative types, take a cue from her and help spark a renaissance. Ask yourself: "What did I accomplish today"? Your art won't create itself. Not an admonishment, just a call to creative arms. The time is now.

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  2. Absolutely right, Lily. I feel most like an artist when I am working hardest on my creative projects and showing the greatest dedication to my art. I knew people in college who posed as "artists" and lived large in the clubs and social scene, but those people usually disappeared into other careers after university while the real artists were working too hard to care about whether they made an appearance in the right club.

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  3. I think I might have gone to the clubs you're talking about *lol*

    I can see how easy it is to be swept away, especially with the false idea of an artist and be so fooled by "scenes." Truth be told, I was quite fooled when I was younger. I've since learned.

    The fact is, anyone can have ideas and everyone does on a daily basis. That's human nauture, we have an imagination and ask questions by nature.

    And it means absolutely nothing ;)

    Hard work always speaks louder than any loud mouth who likes to hear themselves talk about their "ideas."

    Congratulations, you have an idea! Now, what are you going to DO about it? :)

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  4. How did you add links and change your followers to stalkers and stuf? Your website is much cooler...and I'd love to add a "purchase my artwork" thing to it...help help! (goth MS co-administrator ;)

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  5. lol I'll send you a message with intructions ;)

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  6. Lily, you so crazy! Crazy creative that is! ;)

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