Opening creativity, part 1 – Observe

Have you ever struggle with creativity? Didn’t you know where to start? Or you didn’t know where to get an idea? Or you felt you don’t know how to play some character because you’ve never had this kind of similar experience? Here are six steps on how to boost your creativity, and the funny thing is it can be applied not just on acting. Observe.

Part 1. – Observe

A necessary part of an actor’s life is observing. Observe everything around you – paintings, music, interesting articles, or books. Everything form you. Especially see people around you – their behavior, movements, moods, needs, style of clothing, style of expressing themself. Watch them, learn from them, and record it in your notebook (I call it “Nothingbook”). Have your nothingbook and a pen with you all the time. Write down everything you consider somehow attractive. Leonardo Da Vinci had many notebooks, and he made a note about everything he observed. You can also have a digital one in your phone for cases you don’t have a nothingbook on you.

“Take notes on paper. 500 years later, Leonardo’s notebooks are still around to astonish and inspire us..”

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
Check out our Nothingbook and get inspired by your own thoughts

Record everything interesting you see, you observe, you experienced, but not just in your nothingbook, but in your hearth too. For acting creativity, honestly answer questions the who, what, where, why, wherefore of what you observe happening. If you don’t have an answer for one of the items just made it up. A nothingbook is one thing. There is another hack you can do.

Create an album on your phone with an interesting name. When you see something interesting, please take a picture of it and put it in your collection. It could be anything from an interestingly shaped old tree to excellent painting on the wall of a bridge. Do screenshots of meaningful quotes or motivated articles. Save interesting videos. Collect everything and put them in a particular folder. You never know when you will need it.

It will find the way to you, or when you need inspiration, open the folder and let yourself be inspired by things you have collected.

Continue reading Part 2. – “Steal like an Artist”

About the author:

I am a never-ending fighter for the perfect ART, enjoying the process of unperfectness. I am many things and nothing, but my main focus is acting. I've studied at the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts. I've been an actor in Theater Around The Corner, Moravian Theater Olomouc, Theater DiGoknu, or Mlada Scena II. And I am working hard on my craft.


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