Jeff Zentner is an old friend of mine from high school. Back then he was a pretty cool cat, and from the looks of it he still is, especially if he is TEDx’ing it live from Tennessee. Jeff is a fantastic writer and musician, so take a minute and check out Jeff Zenter’s website.
We actually made a film together back in the day – said film will of course remain nameless until the day I die ; ) – ah those were the days. I still expect him to write me a great script someday, Jeff if you are reading this, I’m still waiting for you to surprise me with that smashing feature film treatment we talked about…yep still waiting.
Creativity & Creation
Jeff makes some great points about the innate desire that is within all of us to create. I like his take on the definition of creativity:
Building something that no one is making you build.
There is something magical about creating for the mere sake of creating; creating something out of seemingly nothing feeds our natures. Creation is an action of faith, a force that invites enlightenment of mind and an enlivening of the spirit. Jeff’s TEDx Talk actually reminded me of a video I did awhile back on the need we all feel to create.
Creation is the art of acting in faith for an envisioned outcome. It is a principle of action that will take a man who feels dead inside, and it will breath new life into his heart, mind, and soul. I’ve experienced it on numerous occasions.
So, if you’ve had that story floating in your head for quite some time, it’s time to get it on paper. If it’s been awhile since you’ve filmed and cut something you care about, it’s time to carve out time to explore storytelling without client expectations dictating your creative choices.
So go create something! Carve out a creative time and space, and most importantly follow your intuition – do this especially, if you hate your day job!