I want to explore some of the wonderful and inspiring gifts I’ve received while absorbing art over the years. These gifts have influenced my own art, whether or not they can be clearly seen in the final products I create.
I think passion more than anything else makes a truly great artist. I don’t mean passion like those cliched lovers on soap operas. I mean artists who are truly in love with their art. Even if the art itself isn’t of masterpiece quality the passion that fuels it shines through like a beacon, drawing us towards it. I’ve seen some masterpiece quality art with zero passion behind it and felt absolutely nothing. Why should I care if you don’t?
Passion is something that seeps into the work as we create and then back out again into the audience. This is what the audience wants even if they don’t know it specifically. They want your passion. You can always tell when you talk to an artist. You see them light up when they talk about their art. And not just the product, but the process that gets them there.
I never see passion as straightforward in art as through dance. Maybe it’s because you see the artist somewhat in the midst of process.
I watch So You Think You Can Dance every season for this very reason. The passion on these young people’s faces permeates their dance. You can feel it through the TV. I root for them and desire to be them, to keep that spark alive. Their performances are genuine and honest.
Zooey Deschanel guest judged one year and nailed it with this:
I’d say that about sums up my love for this show.
I hope the passion I have for writing seeps into every pore of my stories. It’s like baking cookies with love. There’s something about it that really does make a difference.
So thank you, passionate artists, for showing me what it looks like to truly love the thing you do.