I’m so pleased that you’ve signed up for my Into the Spotlight workshop and am really looking forward to meeting you and finding out more about what your creative soul is calling you to do!
In order to get things off to a really interesting start there’s a little assignment that I’d love you to prepare beforehand and be ready to share with the group on the first morning. This will help you get the creative juices flowing and start reflecting on your journey so far, what might be holding you back and where you want to be.
It goes a little something like this:
– ASSIGNMENT –
When it comes to our creative lives, we all have a story. And woven into this story are the beliefs we have about ourselves that shape the narrative.
We’re going to do some investigating and uncover what those beliefs are.
How does my story go? What do I believe to be true about myself? What do I believe to be true about the creative field or industry that I’m in (or would like to be in)?
In this exercise we’re going to get to know the lead character in your story – i.e. YOU! How does your story begin? Where has it taken you to date? What kind of character are you? Who ARE you?
Dig deep on this one and be as frank and honest as you can be. Write in the third person (e.g. mine might begin ‘Jude has been passionate about dance since she was a little girl and once pleaded with her mum to let her move to New York and go to the ‘Fame School.’ Funnily enough, Mum said no!) and please use a pen and paper to create this colourful character synopsis. Write as though you’re creating the casting notes for the lead character in a movie. The casting director really needs to get to know this guy or gal so they can nail it with the castings!
And remember, there’s no right or wrong – whatever comes out is what’s meant to come out. Let the words flow, have fun and try to write at least 500 words.
We’ll present our ‘casting notes’ on the first morning of the workshop and have a chat to see what came up!
- Which of the arts are you most passionate about?
- What is your earliest memory of feeling joyful and connected to this art/your creativity?
- Where are you with your career/creativity right now?
- What is the big dream?
- What are your strengths?
- What do you struggle with?
- When do you feel most alive?
- What are your weaknesses?
- What do other people think about you/your talent?
- What do you think about you/your talent?
- What are the main obstacles for you?
- What are you frustrated by?
And anything else that springs to mind – this is your story after all!