Here’s a few lines from the book in my head called “Why Make Art?”*
“It must be nice to find a place to roar where everyone applauds instead of making you feel like a freak” -From “I’m Dyin’ Up Here” (Showtime series about the stand up comedy scene in LA in the early 70s)
“I dont like normal. Normal is so … small” -Ibid
“Be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work” -Flaubert
I really like the Flaubert quote – I used to have it on the wall in my studio. It’s almost implies an undercover nature to your day-today existence. You burst forth, violently and originally, from your middle class alter ego as the artist-hero (albeit a flawed one because, hey, you’re an artist!)
You can really get crazy by following your muse, finding what’s inside trying to peck its away out like a baby chick from its eggshell. Heck, just being your own authentic version of AWESOME every day is pretty cool! I love this stuff.
*Still in my imagination, at least I think so