I’m a Creative Practitioner?

Before starting this course I had never really given much thought to this term, I always referred to myself as ‘That awkward guy that makes things that people don’t get,’ and I was okay with that. But since week one I’ve been thinking more and more about this, and I wonder if I should have ever been okay with that? Surely there’s more to my projects than being awkward and weird.

After our first week of classes I have expanded the way I look at myself, and creative practitioners in general. Creative practices can be defined as ‘anything someone does in a way that is original to the creator and that is appropriate to the purpose or goal of the creator.” I feel like I fit into this definition, I believe that my projects are original, although one may argue that there are no original ideas anymore, and while they may only have the goal to entertain, it is still a goal. It may not be a project that is going to change the world but I feel my job, as a filmmaker, is first to entertain, and second to change the world.

Backyard photo entry for 2017 ATOM photography competition

While many will disagree with this view, I am more than happy with being that guy that just simply wants to create to allow people to forget their lives for a while and be immersed in the world I have created. During the interview process for the Masters course, I said I intended on moving into a teaching or mentoring role after I’ve graduated, I feel like I’ve fallen into the trap discussed in the Ted Talk clip, where it’s discussed that when a person chooses basis their creative career in academia their creativity drops. So I would like to make an amendment, I still want to be able to share the creative journey with people and inspire people to create, but I don’t want to compromise my own creative outlets. So I’d like to do both part-time.

CHris Zeischegg for ‘My Gods’ music video by Chiidren

But once again, other people in this course have shown that it’s possible to do both.

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