We live in a saturated environment of images – photographs, drawings, paintings, cartoons, sculpture, crafts, art and design. In 2015 alone, about 657 billion images were shared on social media channels. As creatives ourselves, we have followed and participated in conversations with others who cite creative sabotage: the struggle to create in an environment where “likes” and “shares” seemingly point to a measure of success. It is important to note that these conversations are those of adults.
We were inspired by a fifteen year old
and her story of being addicted to Instagram. She was obsessed with creating an image that would be popular to a point where life became more about getting a picture out of a moment in life than experiencing the living in that moment. She described her state as a growing awareness of feeling insignificant and jealous of those who created popular images: “I began to not like myself; I started to resent making anything at all.”
Until one morning at dawn, hunched over a cereal bowl with phone in hand seeing if the picture she’d posted had any likes, she glanced up and saw the sun slowly beginning to rise. And in that moment, she remembered how she used to enjoy sitting outside and watching the sunrise over breakfast. How it gave her a feeling of being settled in and ok inside. A sense of being ready to start a day. So at this young age, she chose to put the phone down and watch the sunrise. And she kept it off for the entire day. It wasn’t easy as she described the first month: "It was unbearably hard and I was miserable." But she made a commitment to stay off social media because she didn’t like how it made her feel. Her real decision was to stop looking and start making. To create just for herself.
IN OUR TIMES, IT IS THE RARE BIRD LET ALONE ONE WHO’S FIFTEEN WHO’S ABLE TO SILENCE THE NOISE, IGNORE THE CRITIC INSIDE WHO THRIVES ON OUTWARD PRAISE AND STICK WITH THE BUSINESS OF LIVING AND MAKING.
It was within this context that the seeds for My Life Creative were cast. A program rooted in the stories of life and the living of the creator and the greater communities surrounding them with a goal to gently lead others who make things back into their lives of living for within that, there is hope, inspiration and the blossoms of creativity.
who we are
Richard is an accomplished writer with features on the Huffington Post and Liberals Unite, and host of T&Z Talk - a daily podcast that focused on the election of 2016. As a seasoned journalist, Richard's guests span a range of musicians, artisans and craftsman to spiritual guides in understanding how we connect with our creative selves. He is also the genius behind the program creation - editing, social media, ideation.
With a background in photography and art and a reverence for art history, most of Pamela's conversations are with fellow companions on the same path. As a journey often filled with self reflection of a non-magical kind, the podcast felt like a way to understand the complexities in creativity, while shining a light on areas that aren't often discussed or celebrated.