Spring 2021 ︎︎︎ CUNY Queens College ︎︎︎ (ARTS395) Senior Capstone
Approaching Creative Blocks / Setbacks
BackgroundOn our next session (04/14) you should be well underway on your project and be ready to document the status of it. Inevitably as you’re working on your project something may backfire, something may not go as you expected, and you’ll have to strategize around that. I’m obviously there to talk but you may also need to reorient yourself or “dig deep” in sports terminology. Another way to talk about this is that “inspiration” isn’t as much of a thing as it purports itself to be, or that you should keep “working”/ create patterns for yourself so that you’re ready when inspiration “strikes.” All that being said, keep tabs on your mental health and try to maintain a healthy relationship to your project.
Zappa’s AdviceThis hit me at the right time, but I’ve always liked Frank Zappa’s advice to young musicians; obviously it is vague enough to apply to a multitude of fields. If you’ve heard him talk before this is one of the more wholesome quotes from him.
Moebius + Jodorowsky
This is more specifically about “starting” but also speaks to the idea of picking something back up and approaching from another perspective, and trusting the knowledge that you already have. The relevant clip here is around 06:05
The above link is to a website that will randomly show you one of the cards from Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies; a deck of cards (pictured above) meant to help deal with creative issues. Some of them are vague and open to interpretation (“disconnect from desire”) and some are quite practical (“turn it upside down”). My favorite is honor thy error as a hidden intention.
Leverage Social Media to help you
If you’re feeling down about frustrations related to the the state of your project. One helpful strategy I would recommend is to use social media to help you out. I specifically have certain cat accounts on instagram set up to send notifications to my phonewhen they create new posts in case I’m ever sad when I get them. I also really like this wholesome encouraging cat from tiktok.
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