Sharing More Imperfectly

I try hard to control my image. I won’t let you post a photo of me looking drunk, or without make-up. And if you do, I’ll probably ask you to remove it.

Likewise, I try very hard to control my work. I only release films and photographs that I feel represent my very best. It doesn’t matter to me how long it takes. Between quantity and quality, I always pick the latter.

The problem with this level of control is that my work becomes so sparse I don’t form a consistent practice. My work becomes a rare and sporadic event, as opposed to a consistent routine.

I am also rarely connecting with an audience. That’s something I think is important for any artist to do.

Ask any journalist who works under daily deadlines, or any person who exercises every day- there is something to habitual practices. There is an energy, a momentum that comes from them. Also, a kind of confidence and wisdom.

That is why I’ve decided to start blogging every day while I’m writing my next project.

I realize that in doing anything this frequently, the product becomes a little more imperfect than I would like.

More typos, more mistakes, more junk.

And yet, the challenge of distilling my thoughts into daily conclusions appeals to me. I think it would help me work through my own thinking, and keep the creative wheels greased while I work on the bigger, more measured, creative endeavors (my movie).

So, in starting this daily blog, I am willing to accept that:
the more you share your work, the less perfect the work becomes,
but the more connection you have with your audience
the more it becomes a habit in your life
the more conclusions you draw
the wiser and more confident you become.

Here’s to embracing all the imperfection. Bottoms up, Duckie.

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2 thoughts on “Sharing More Imperfectly

  1. Hey Leah, way to go. I’m reading/listening to an audiobook called The Age of Discovery, the New Renaissance, and it discusses all the amazing events, technologies etc. that are possible now. Your reaching out to your audience this way is a prime example of what what author suggests we all should do to embrace the “new world”. Looking forward to your incites.

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