I recently had the pleasure of attending the Academy Awards and it sure is a fascinating experience in many ways, from stars flaunting their costu— I mean outfits, to stars pulling media stunts, to the intense security.
But what I really want to address is the creativity and the innovative thinking that is part of creating a movie. In fact, I think it is exceptionally valuable for us all to look at our lives this way… well, not as a fictional movie, but … well, let me explain.
From an outsider’s point of view it might seem that life in Hollywood is all glamour, and maybe it is for people who are more into fashion and parties than I am. But what I find when I’m around people in the movie and music industry, is that there truly is a genuine love for the art of telling human stories and to make a positive difference in the world.
A great story, whether orally passed down through generations, written in the form of a book, or told using the latest technical devices, can have tremendous impacts on us. It certainly has for me. Stories touch us in so many ways.
Art in all forms touch us in so many ways.
What is also fascinating with movie making and the Hollywood industry in general is how it also has helped push human creativity and productivity in the field of science. Thomas Edison was in the forefront, but the movie industry has been instrumental in many technological advances, such as imaging techniques that benefit health industries, manufacturing and our daily lives. Let’s also not forget that Steve Jobs had one foot in the movie and music industry.
Arts and science have been tied closely together since the beginning of human innovation, and it’s not surprising that the great innovators were often great musicians and lovers of art.
Let hope our educational systems never forget that.
Like in all fields there is, of course, much produced that I would consider speculative nonsense - made without any purpose and coming from a low level of consciousness. But there is also an enormous amount of work that is done with the intent to influence, inspire, and provoke to create positive changes within us human beings and in the world.
And what I admire most about people with such a creative and innovative mindset is their appetite for learning and growing - learning about themselves and others, such as other cultures and other ways of thinking. For innovators and creators it is not about doing what you once already did, but about exploring new ways creating and doing.
Now, you may not think of yourself as an innovator in that sense, but I recommend you do. You are in fact being creative and innovative every day. You need to. You need to be innovative when it comes to your career and life, in solving problems, in helping others with their problems.
You are creative and innovative when you sing, when you create an exciting dinner, a birthday party, a poem, a joke, a process to speed up your workflow, a way to get something done more efficiently than before, even exploring a different route to work. You’re even being creative and innovative when you practice your singing (at least that’s what I encourage), or when you figure out a new way to motivate you to get up in the morning, or when you explore new ways of thinking about things.
The Oscar goes to YOU, who is forever innovative and creative in your own way.
How have you been creative and innovative today?