Is vulnerability bad?
I hope this finds you well and you're holding up!
As I was researching for an online lockdown session I’m going to hold in a few days for Raindance, on the 12th of May, on writing compelling dialogues to support what I am going to share about my own approach and my experience in this area.
There was a passage in one of the books I read on that topic that said that no one wants to be vulnerable and neither does anyone want to see vulnerable people.
I totally disagree with that.
The characters I find most compelling, whether it is on screen, on the page or on stage are the ones who are vulnerable. One of the actresses I find most interesting to watch is Marion Cotilliard, because, whatever role she is playing, she allows to let some vulnerability shine through and this is exactly what makes them so multi-dimensional and engaging.
I think vulnerability is very important and it is what allows real deep connection.
In life, naturally, and of course also in our creativity.
When we create it comes from a very personal place. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but it’s not detachable from who we really are. That’s why it can be so scary to share our work with others. What if they don’t like it? What if they don’t get me?
Why is vulnerability so vital for our creativity?
Because it is essential for the authenticity of our work.
It is what makes our work unique. It is what makes it different and new.
Does that mean everybody will have to admire this? No.
Not everybody will get it. Not everyone will be able to connect with your creative work. That is not the point, though. You’re creating art first for yourself and second for others. You do it to express something you want to say or share. You will find your audience.
Does being vulnerable mean I will always show exactly how I feel.
That would get you into trouble ;)
I wouldn’t feel comfortable and honestly, I struggle with emotions I really don’t want others to see in me, but creativity can be a very healthy outlet for those emotions. On the page, in front of the camera, on the dance floor is a lot of space to give your emotions room to do their thing. It can be rough, but in vulnerability lies a truthfulness that is immensely beautiful!
So, coming back to what inspired this video today. I think that vulnerability is essential for your creativity! Practice it in an area where you feel safe enough. For me the dancefloor is a pretty good place for that. But so is the page.
What do you think about this topic?
Let me know in the comments under the video.
Lots of love,
P.S.: Here are the links to mentioned Lockdown Sessions:
12 Mai 2020: Writing compelling dialogue
19 Mai 2020: Working with actors
26 Mai 2020: Working with children
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Romana Carén is an actress, film and theater maker (writer & director), and singing instructor sharing her experience with juggling all her creative interests, the struggle to feel that you have to decide to be good at one of them, to constantly feel the drive to learn more, learn something new and how this inner artist can be set free to express itself in a healthy and fruitful way.
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