We went to see "A Star is Born" a couple weeks ago with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. The movie was amazing. The acting was fantastic and the entire movie was so well done. I would highly recommend it to anyone, especially a creative spirit. My only warning is you will need a box of tissues.
One quote that Bradley Cooper's character Jack brings up in this movie really stuck with me:
"Look, talent comes everywhere, but having something to say and a way to say it so that people listen to it, that's a whole other bag. And unless you get out and you try to do it, you'll never know. That's just the truth. And there's one reason we're supposed to be here is to say something so people want to hear. So you got to grab it, and you don't apologize, and you don't worry about why they're listening, or how long they're going to be listening for, you just tell them what you want to say."This theme carries subtly through the entire movie. It is one aspect of music and creativity that Jack truly believes in. I really like this idea.
Being an artist is about having something to say and expressing it through your art. Whether you are a singer, dancer, writer, poet, sculptor, painter, musician, or even a tightrope walker - the most important thing is being able to express human emotion through your efforts.
Living is hard. This is not a secret. Anyone who has lived can tell of days where everything is feeling right as rainbows and other days where you can't even see past your nose from the rain.
Life is full of ups and downs. There are good times and struggles. As soon as something goes well, there is someone there to grab it, change it, challenge it, sell it, or somehow taint that good mood. We have to fight for what we believe in and be a voice. Artists are the ones who can express that eternal conflict that all of us feel.
Being creative is really a form of expression. "A Star is Born" really got me thinking about what I want to say through my writing. What is my message?
I want to share the unity that we, as humans, have simply by being alive. There are so many different personalities, origin stories, paths, colors, shapes and sizes. Yet, we are all trying to find some sort of security, some sort of peace, some sort of purpose. When you strip everything else away, we can all relate to the struggles and triumphs, big and small, that life offers.
In a way, this thought pattern led me to my Nanowrimo topic this year of doing a collection of flash fiction that connects us. The idea is that we affect more people than we realize on any given day. The background characters in our stories are the main characters in their own. We are all struggling with unsettling dilemmas, tired eyes, worn hands and often finding ourselves one step away from the edge of whatever struggle we face. I want to share these idiosyncrasies and attempt to make us all feel a little more connected to that stranger on the bus or in front of us in line at the grocery store.
Here's another little secret. Being alive means we are creative individuals. It is another part of being human, however slight or great in your personal journey. With that said, what message are you offering?
I challenge you to make it one of hope and love. If we can all love each other a little more freely, the world will be a better place.
Whatever your art, whatever your message - Say it - Do it - Let it be heard.