Pharrell Williams understands that the creative process at its best is collaborative
The creative process and creative people can seem mysterious and even to creative people, they are…
I am becoming very honest with myself about my true motives in life and trying to give myself permission to practice the arts in which I am trained: acting, creative writing, drawing, painting and musical writing and performance.
I was reading a particularly insightful article in a magazine I picked up from the Oakdale theater in Wallingford, CT. In it, a writer by the name of Andreas Tzortzis interviews Pharrell Williams about his views on being an artist.
To my mind, Williams is unique in that he doesn’t strive for “ownership” in the creative process as he describes that he is not afraid of failure saying, “Yeah, I don’t even understand that. My mind just can’t even process that.”
The article also shows how Williams is not worried about “success” or being “on top,” saying, “..if that is your main concern..then you should probably find another business. Because our business works off emotion.”
That is about the most crystal clear viewpoint I have heard a truly creative, self aware and yes, “successful” artist express.
Williams simply is happy to be “part of it…a participant..and everyone has their job.” He adds “…if you would remove your ego and only use your feeling, that is when the best stuff comes out.”
What a humble and honest expression coming from the Grammy winner, who has a solo album coming out.
“Brian’s Orchids,” Oil painting by Gayle Piersol, copyright 2014 all rights reserved
As an artist, I find inspiration everywhere and particularly like painting at a site (whether indoors or outdoors,) with other artists. We rarely speak, but somehow there is a feeling of cooperation rather like a beehive.
“You know, we are vessels. We are straws. We are not the juice,” Williams says, and I agree.
This is also the perfect description when I am painting or some other creative endeavor. It could also be described as “Zen,” the zone of being actively alert, aware and participative, while simultaneously relaxed.
I believe that all of us are creative, and to the extent that we can trust, be open and engaged with fellow humans, we will be richly rewarded.