Today is another treat for you as my friend Chris Fenner from Atlanta shares his thoughts with you on creativity and community. Chris is a very very very talented filmaker and an incredible resource for great art. And the best part is you do not have to take my word for it because he is going to be sharing some resourceful sites in future post and I will share some of his great films like this one and this one.
We call our local Church a Community.
We call our small groups a Community.
We even call our group of friends a Community.
All these things are a Community, but what about people with our same skill set?
People who have the same passions as we do? Both the people who are better than us and not as talented as us.
Are we building community with them?
As creatives, it seems the people whom we might learn the most from, and teach the most too, are more often the people we don’t build a community with. These are the people we stay away from, unless they are from across the country (hello twitter! haha). Why is this?
I think it’s time to band together. Time to embrace the creative tension. So I propose another challenge for you creative types. Get to know someone in your field, just one person. Make sure this person is local, and don’t tell me there isn’t anyone! Look hard! You will find ONE person. Just get to know them. Build a relationship with them, have coffee, share a dinner. Learn and live together. Sure it will be awkward, and imitating for a while. But then a beautiful thing will happen….. You will make each other better. You will start creating and creating community, centered around a passion, and nothing beats passion. Start with ONE person. You will never regret this.