One of the beautiful things about writing these posts (almost) every day is that I’m discovering what I want to say as an artist. It’s not as if I already have something to say and am writing to communicate it… it’s that the act of confronting a blank page (or screen) is helping me developContinue reading “Find What to Say By Starting”
I sometimes worry that the breadth of material I’m consuming on a day-to-day basis is one of many horrible symptoms of living in a distraction-filled world, and that as a result I’m now lacking the ability to focus my attention on what matters. OK so that’s less of a worry than it is a reality,Continue reading “Organizing the Interesting Bits”
Artists are people with something to say. And it often takes guts to speak up. An unwavering confidence in your story, in what you bring to the table, is necessary. We have to have an almost delusional level of conviction to take the risks needed to make an impact.
I started decentre with what I thought was a clear intention to help queer artists in Atlantic Canada. But the more I work on it, the more I feel the project shifting. I’m sure it’s clear that this blog is more of a personal blog than anything: I don’t purport to be an expert onContinue reading “The More We Discover”
Many seem to be resistant to centring themselves in their own work. I find I write about myself all the time. In fact, during my undergrad, a group of close friends rewrote the lyrics of “You’re So Vain” to “You’re So Luke.” I thought it portrayed me fairly well. I don’t think it’s selfish toContinue reading “Me Me Me”
Let’s not forget, in this relatively short blip of time when humans aren’t gathering to experience live theatre, the powerful effect that the art form has on our communities. Theatre encourages empathy by acting as a playground for emotions. In that room, together, we put ourselves in different shoes. As a group, we’re imagining whatContinue reading “Theatre: An Empathy Playground”
One of my intentions with this blog is to look for more questions. I’m learning that curiosity is key. When I find I’m uninspired or generally down in the dumps for whatever reason, continually asking myself “why?” typically unlocks something useful. Sharing that gift of curiosity with others can be revolutionary. I don’t believe theContinue reading “Seeking Questions”
Here’s a book recommendation: The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker. I’m sad that my copy is stuck in the city I left a few months ago. It contains so many well-articulated arguments for giving a clearer purpose to any type of gathering we host. The lessons in the book are particularly important now, whenContinue reading “Bold Purpose”