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Opening creativity, part 6 – Side projects

Your creativity happens only if you are working on something. If you don’t have anything to work with within your niche, have some side projects. There is nothing better than have many side projects to switch between when you are overwhelmed by one.

I so often want to create this and that result and often don’t know where to start first. Sometimes my attention gets lost in details or side-tangents instead of trying to focus on the main, foundational things to really work towards my goals. Realizing this brings me back to my list of priorities. Have you ever written out your list of priorities? No? Try it! Just grab a pen and paper and put down ten or even more priorities in your life, and list it from your main focus to the last.

It’s all about priorities

These priorities are creating your values in your life. And values are essential drivers for your life, your business, your soul. Keep to them, and everything will be more comfortable and enriching. Do what you love, and everything will connect to it. Make it happen. Love is the most substantial power in the universe.

“And now these remains: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

My dad taught me the first priority is love and family. I didn’t get it back in my days, but I really know now. When I was a child and wanted to go to my soccer match, my dad didn’t let me go because we had wood to chop before winter. So I had to stay, and it was tedious work. But then I realized I had to do it as a fireplace was our primary source of warmth. It was my lesson in priorities.

So sometimes there are things you don’t like to do, but you have to. If you wonder if it is something you have to do, check your list of priorities, it will help you see the bigger picture in mind and reassess the smaller, tedious, sometimes uncomfortable, or unfavoured steps that may be necessary and less dreadful than you fear.

Do what you love! And focus on things that are related to your main priorities.

It all depends on what priorities are yours. Let’s say you are an aspiring actor, so your main focus is acting. How much time are you willing to sacrifice to ACTING? The time will tell you how excellent priority Acting is for you. If you don’t have time, create some.

Side projects

Have many side projects! Create something and send it to the world. Be creative. Check out the first part of opening creativity to get more inspiration here. Every project counts; you never know where it will bring you or who you may come to meet because of it. Side projects connect more people, create more support, and because of this networking and exposure, it will help you grow faster in your niche. Nowadays, too, meeting people doesn’t necessarily have to be in real life. We have the advantage of the internet to connect with everybody in the world. Just give away your art into the world, and the people will join into your process by simple exposure. And it will help you a lot.

Maybe as an aspiring actor, you can wonder what side projects other actors are pursuing or have completed in their past. Well, it’s a funny thing because for actors – everything becomes a part of your process, side projects, or simply lessons to learn and integrate into your Art. You can use every single experience in your act! Just listen, be conscious. And as my acting teacher, Andy Thompson, once said, “If you wanna do art, do your own.” It is sad, but it is true. So do your own! Working on side projects will bring you new people, new ideas, new ways of thinking, new points of view. The people around you form you. And you will get them only if you work and do something!

Only YOU can decide about your life, your success, your well-being. Have some side projects!
Get back to work!

About the author:

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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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