What the Golden Globes Taught Me about Creativity

January 10, 2017

I’ve got a little secret. I love the Golden Globes. I love the unattainable fashion, the bubble gum red carpet banter, and the long-winded acceptance speeches. Usually I’ve only seen a handful of the nominees, but every year I still watch. This year I paid special attention – see, I’m seeking out other ways to absorb and expand my creativity – be it actually GOING to the movie theater, taking a printmaking class or dabbling with paint. I suspect many of you may be looking to do the same, so here’s 4 takeaways from I gleamed from Sunday night’s show.

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1. TAKE A CHANCE

Damien Chazelle, director of La La Land is the youngest person (31) to ever take home a Best Director win at the Golden Globes. He said it was a huge risk for the studios to take on a modern day musical – a big, colorful, splashy, epic – and took 6 years to get made. In this era of remakes and “mixed martial art films” (love you Meryl) it’s SO refreshing to see innovation and perseverance pay off. It reminded me to get off the proverbial couch and take the damn risk already!

“I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world, and that’s what this movie is about.” ~ Damien Chazelle

2.  SPEAK OUT
I’m no stranger to speaking my mind – particularly about politics. So it’s no surprise that Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement award really resonated with me. Looking beyond the obvious reference to the incoming administration, she highlighted the role actors play in shaping the conversation in popular culture.

“An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us and let you feel what that feels like.” ~ Meryl Streep

I found this statement to be true for ALL artists. Ultimately we get into our respective creative fields to be heard, to make the world a brighter space to live in, and to contribute in some way to society. One way to do that is with activism. While you may not have a platform as large as Meryl’s, we can – in our own ways – share our art to highlight injustice and promote empathy. Or as the late Carrie Fischer said…

“Take your broken heart, make it into art” ~ Carrie Fisher

3.  KEEP PRACTICING YOUR CRAFT
Viola Davis – man, what a powerhouse. Her body of work is powerful and poignant, and it’s clear she would be an actor even if she never made a dime. Why? PASSION. Between her own acceptance speech and her ode to Meryl Streep, it reminded me to keep exploring – personally and professionally – for in that exploration is where true creative growth lies. Ask questions, take the road less traveled, try new things…it will all come back to enrich your craft.

“If you ask me as an artist what I came into this world to do, I as an artist would say, I came to live out loud.”  ~ Émile Zola

4.  THE LITTLE GUYS CAN WIN BIG
What struck me most about some of the nominees and winners of last night was that the “little guy” won big. Beyond the seasoned veterans like Julia and Denzel it was refreshing to see films like “Moonlight” – with one of my favorite actors, Mahershala Ali win for Best Drama and renaissance man Donald Glover win multiple awards for “Atlanta, or Issa Rae for “Insecure” and the comeback queen Winona Ryder for “Stranger Things”.

This shows that work outside of what is considered mainstream can win, and win big!

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What did you guys think of this year’s awards? Any favorite takeaways?

xo,
Heidi

 

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