One of my favorite lines from a movie is John Cusack’s character Lloyd Dobler in the 1989 movie: “Say Anything”.
“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.”
This was a line I heard in a movie 25 years ago (oh, how I loved Lloyd Dobler-and he did really remind of one of the boys I loved when I was young). It has really stayed with me and now in 2014 I think it’s becoming much clearer. I am an artist. My studio is filled with tangible original art that I am proud of and theoretically I should show to people and sell. However, I am not a salesperson. Once the piece is created, the last thing on my mind is pursuing the sale-perhaps because I am not very good it. The joy for me is in the idea and process.
I am discovering what drives me more is to show others how to communicate their own ideas more effectively in ways that could open up possibilities for their lives. So, the process I am in the middle of is figuring out exactly how to do that and what training is required of me. I don’t want to shelve my artistic and spatial gifts but I do want to channel them in a way that feels very authentic, resonates for me and helps others. Ideas…?