As someone with more than her fair share of existential hang ups, I’ve always envied artists who seem to blithely glide through life, creative energy flowing freely, uninhibited by anxiety or uncertainty.
But I’m not that person and it does my angsty little heart good to see how other artists work and to hear about their struggles. Here’s a few things from around the internet that have soothed my soul this week.
Emma Thompson’s Screenwriter’s Lecture at BAFTA (in which she recites the beautiful Agnes de Mille quote I’ve illustrated above.)
LA Times’ article on Ethan Hawke’s new documentary, Seymour: An Introduction. (See also Hawke’s interview on the Dinner Party Download and this video on Indiewire.)
Vanity Fair’s Tribute to Nora Ephron
In September I had the incredible opportunity to create a promotional video for the North Carolina Outward Bound School. I enlisted the help of my friend Jamison Ellis to shoot the video and record sound. We accompanied a group of educators on a hike to a rock climbing area near Table Rock Mountain in North Carolina. We filmed them climbing a face of rock several stories high. The teachers were amazing. Every single one of them climbed that rock no matter their fear or comfort level with climbing. I wished their students could’ve seen them. And after only one day, Jamison and I were completely beat! We felt like we’d been on our own little mini-adventure course.