By: Connor Judson Garrett – June 7, 2016
Many people make the mistake of explaining why they can’t sing, write, dance, draw, or paint. “I’m not creative,” they’ll say as if creativity is purely genetic, but what that perception reveals is the underlying assumption that art is not work. To say, “I’m not creative” is equivalent to someone saying, “I’m not good at math.” You might not have an aptitude for it, but creativity like math is about finding hidden patterns. Even chaos has order within it. To see these patterns requires practice. Sure, not everyone will be a prodigy, and people certainly have different talents, but don’t buy into the stigma that creativity is solely in your blood or something you’re born with.
By thinking of art or anything as a skill as opposed to a talent you give yourself a chance to grow and improve. Creativity is a skill, requiring hard work and persistence.