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Michaela Cristallo | For The Creators

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“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” ~ Picasso

Michaela Cristallo inspires people to live their best creative lives every single day through her website For the Creators where she shares her deepest creative wisdom, insights and get-moving-strategies with creators of all kinds. Michaela works with artists, designers, writers, crafters and a host of other creative types, helping them to show up to the studio, do their best work and find the magic in their art.  Her punchy entry for The V Project invites us to reconnect with our true passion & trust ourselves enough to step through the uncertainty... 

"Creativity is not reserved for a select few. It's available for anyone who has the courage to take it." Why is leaning towards creative outlets often met with fear? I believe leaning towards creative outlets is often met with fear because creative work is the unknown. There are no set parameters or outcomes. There is only you and your imagination, and that can be a very confronting thing.

I feel so often in life we are given a set of rules to play by – in our jobs, in our schools, by the societies we live in. We are so accustomed to having set rules and preferred outcomes that when these are taken away fear can quickly set in. It is the unknown, the great potential in what we could do, that can quickly stop us in our tracks.

To do creative work, you do need to be courageous. You need to have the courage to try something that may not work out. To give up your time and money towards something so fleeting, so full of potential yet so delicate at the same time, takes a huge amount of courage. That courage is within us all. At the end of the day I believe it comes down to trusting in yourself enough to say yes despite all the uncertainty.

Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage. Do you agree? Vulnerability, to me, means being open to all of what life has to offer. This can make us susceptible to attack, criticism and hurt. But it can also lead to amazing opportunities and dreams come true. To be open we must accept the possibility of each. This in itself is a scary prospect, and something that requires a great deal of courage to face head on so the two terms for me are closely intertwined.

Essentially I believe it all comes down to the power of choice to say yes in times of great uncertainty. This is what vulnerability and courage are all about.

“Creativity is inspiration coupled with initiative. Acting on our creativity is an act of faith.” How much do you rely on ‘divine intervention’ to create? Do you feel you control your creativity or does your creativity control you? I believe we control our own creativity. We all have the power of free will. We make decisions about when and how we show up to our creative work and this is what makes all the difference.

My favourite quote on creativity comes from Picasso, he says “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”. I love this quote because it gets to the very heart of the creative struggle for many artists. So often we search for the inspiration, the divine intervention, and it never comes. The truth is we need to do the work first. We need to take the initiative and make the magic happen. It is only then that the inspiration will show up. It is only then that we can do our best work.

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