This by Stella Adler:
Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.
As a voracious reader, music lover, and movie enthusiast, I can soooo relate to that sentiment.
How often has a story taken me away from present day worries by giving me a portal into another world? How often have I found inspiration and motivation in a fictional character’s journey, or found the hope within the cadence of a poem?
Or what about when a song hits the perfect note and combination of words that convey—better than I could ever have—what I feel at the moment?
Art gives color to a dull world, distils the complex into simplicity, and finds a way to express what would otherwise have remained buried in our hearts.
[The arts] are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something. —Kurt Vonnegut
As part of the #YourWorkMatters series, we are celebrating the work of women in the advancement of arts this month. And I’m so grateful to Paula Brett, Melissa Dinwiddie, and Brenda Peregrine for sharing with Second Breaks why their work matters.
Please do give them a hand and celebrate their work.
And if you happen to be working in the arts too, in any capacity, please share your story in the comments section and tell us why your work matters to you!
“I am an editor and a writing coach, and my work matters because I help empower women to use their voices to be heard in this world.
Whether I’m helping a first-time author write high fantasy that sweeps the reader away or clarifying an online entrepreneur’s sales copy, I’m bridging the gap between where she is and where she wants to be through language, and for me, that’s everything.”
[You can find Brenda here.]
“My work matters because I help people bring color, joy, and meaning back to lives that have too often gone gray and joyless.
They may start out simply by tipping their toes back into the waters of a creative pursuit they’ve been afraid to try for years. But often and within a short time, that small change has catalyzed a complete life metamorphosis, with impacts beyond the individuals I come into direct contact with.
When I help them open up to their creative self again, I’m actually helping them transform who they are and how they walk through the world, which in turn ripples out to everyone they touch and beyond.”
[You can find Melissa here.]
“My work as an artist involves the notion of play. And sometimes that’s work.
We don’t think we should play as adults and we’ve lost that free-natured way of being from when we were children. I try to get my mind out of the way—be free of self-criticism, be free of what others might think. That’s the goal. To just allow my true uninhibited self to express what it wants is a beautiful thing.
I may not make a masterpiece right away, but the longer I practice it, something important will emerge. I simply try to make this the practice, and that’s the work. And it matters.”
[You can find Paula here.]