Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Stay Hungry

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This evening I am watching "The Next Food Network Star" on The Food Network with my wife. In this episode, the contestants are paired-up, and using an assigned ingredient each, they are required to prepare an individual dish and a collaborative dish with their partner.

It makes for some creative and interesting work. What caught my attention though, was an advertisement for the Food Network's recently launched sister network, "The Cooking Chanel". The advertisement described the new network, and ended with the phrase Stay Hungry.

As I considered those words, I found myself thinking that I was hungry to create. I haven't produced any music for a while, the only writing I am doing is this Blog, and I haven't had a chance to do any impromptu "stand up". The business of life has reared its ugly head and crowded out my time for imagination. And for now, there's not much I can do about it. So I am hungry to create.

Even as I go on my daily run (one of my favorite creative times), I find myself praying, making to-do lists, and generally solving the problems that I am dealing with at work. Yes, I am hungry to create.

Missing a meal keeps me hungry. Missing a time to be creative makes me hungry (to create). I need to find ways to maintain that hunger. I need to stay hungry.

Question: What do you do to stay hungry to create? Share your thoughts below in comments.

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4 comments:

Phantom said...

I'm only 14, yet to keep my imagination open, I do a number of things.

I feel like the one solution that works the greatest is sketching any impetuous nearby object with a sharp pencil on some paper.

Simple; refreshing.
Naps also help.

But only because I stay up so late on the computer... haha!

Brad Lewis said...

Phantom-
Good for you! How we create will vary with the number of people who are "creatives". A sharp pencil and some paper are great tools to create with. Our computers are excellent tools also.

All I can say is: Keep Creating!

Phantom said...

Thanks. :)
I find that the computer often ends up frustrating me though for some reason?

When drawing, no frustration from the outside world enters my mind, and I find it easier to open up to my own imagination and block out other things.

I like your way of thinking though.
Good luck in any future posts.

Brad Lewis said...

Thanks Phantom! You keep creating...