I’m a firm believer that variety is the spice of life and that the more willing you are to try new things, the more exciting your life will be. When you are able to go out and just be passionate, I believe that you’ll cross into many fields. As an artist, I’ve found myself shifting around from photography to writing, to drawing, to painting, and many other mediums. Some of the greatest creators are those who are able to shift from one field to another.
Emily Haines is the lead singer of indie alternative band METRIC. The group is famous for their songs “Help I’m Alive“, “Lost Kitten”, “Satellite Mind“. Haines has also been a part of Broken Social Scene, Stars, she’s produced her own independent album, and she’s done a few electronic singles. Each area that she’s worked on has been a bit different. Her work with METRIC is sharp and distinct while her work with Broken Social Scene is muffled. Her electronic work with Tiësto is totally different. You can tell that she’s passionate about music because she freely flows into different areas.
You can listen to “Gold Lion“, then listen to “I Shot the Sheriff” and see the variety Karen O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) brings. The band Rehab can shift from the slow “Bartender” to rapping “My Addiction” and all the way to pop “Miss Jones“. There hits a point in this versatility that you realize many artists just express. It’s no longer about the art or the creation, it’s about the expression.
Variety is the spice of life and it seems that variety spikes the more we get into the flow of things. The more that we feel aligned with what we’re doing, the more willing we are to deviate from it. It’s as though the labels in our head disappear for a minute. We stop thinking “I’m a photographer” and we just take pictures or we get into painting. It doesn’t matter at that point because we’re not creating to create, we’re creating because we must. It’s something that is part of us.
If you ever find yourself crossing between mediums, don’t be frightened by it. Don’t think that because you’re a painter you can’t make music or draw beautiful pictures. It’s so easy to believe that a new field isn’t worth going into or that you shouldn’t be doing it. When you get into the right mood, you can do anything.
The underlying purpose of this post is to say, go out and do what you love. When you are passionate, you’ll find that sometimes you go crazy and color outside of the lines. That’s perfectly fine! When you’re crazy and doing what you love, you’ve already won. You’ve claimed your prize. Although the drawing is messy, it was never about cleanliness or beauty. It was about that feeling, that spice in life, the reason that you keep going.
This post is mostly a note back to myself. For many years I’ve struggle with being called a “Jack of all trades” because in my head I only heard “master of none”. I spent so much time focusing on mastering one thing that I lost my passion. It’s only now that I’ve realized it was never about mastery. I crave passion and being absorbed in whatever I fancy (at any particular moment). That’s why I had a blog on music, art, art review, peace keeping, buddhism, and personal blogging. It’s why some days I feel like writing while others I feel like painting. There’s nothing in particular I want to master, I just feel passion for everything and that’s enough for me. I’m a “Jack of all trades” because I’m a lover of all trades.