Two Lessons in One Night

Sat, Jan 23, 2010

Bruce DeBoer, Editorials

Two Lessons in One Night

I had a short conversation with a good friend last night at a club.  A mention of his young son reminded me to relive my childhood.

His young pre-teen son is a talented skater seemingly on the “pro track”.  Somewhere in the discussion Dad disclosed, “when I asked him if he might someday perform as well as the World Champion on TV, his son’s answer was: “better”.

Instantly my thoughts reverted to my previous “emerging photographer” days when I thought I could do anything better – just give me time and opportunity.  If only we could bottle a little of that attitude for replenishment years after battle.

Within minutes a talented young photographer stopped by our table to say “Hi”.  I was prepared for the usual onslaught of enthusiasm that typically makes me jealous, only to hear the word “burnout” mixed in with – I’m trying to find the fun.

Instantly I’m thinking: “Burnout at your age? That’s weak.” -  followed by:  “I’ve got 30 years in, what have I lost?  Did I leave burnout and fun behind me 20 years ago?” Probably I have, since I’m solving similar; trying to find the fun.

Apply these points of the Manifesto for Creative Professionals:

4.    It’s a passion play for pay. You’re a whore, or not, it all depends on how much money is in the bank.  It’s a crucial balance that keeps sanity from escaping.  Your clarity of purpose resolves the left and right hemispheres.  Ultimately the decision for what kind of creative you are going to be is up to you, but don’t let the vision go blurry.

14.    Don’t let anyone talk you out of your passion. If you have passion for an idea, don’t lose it by asking others if they think it’s good.  They probably won’t.

16.     Keep a heightened sense of curiosity and stay excited about possibilities.  Don’t get jaded.  Reinvigorate.  Find the new in what you do.

17.   Maintain that childhood vulnerability, innocence and sense of wonder.  Rewind your adult ego to those years when it didn’t matter.

Passion, PTS Manifesto

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