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I started to think a lot about how the process of making art there was much different. I not only had limited means, which aided creativity, but I was also free from a lot of pressures that our society can put on people in terms of what they're making, or whether or not they're getting paid for it. I was able to find this different type of freedom on the inside—freedom from pressures to have 'things,' to want a 'nice car,' or these impulses that are created artificially in our brains and need to be exercised.
I was suddenly making art not because I had the privilege to do it...it was an attempt to 'salvage' these years. When you get a long prison sentence when you're 20, there's people telling you 'oh you're going to lose the best years of your life.' And I was determined not to feel like that at the end of the sentence, that I hadn't lost these years, but instead actually gained something.
Lies do not cooperate. They don't work together. They don't share information. They are selfish.
It's becoming easier and easier to fall down a rabbit hole of lies then it is to create a mountain of truth.
We encounter more lies from each other on a daily basis than we encounter truth. It's easy to lie.
It is our responsibility as the creative class to speak up, to bring people with you, to bring people together, and to look out for others.
I believe that art and arts has a place to build community for us.
I want to challenge creatives to create in a space that you feel like you cannot create. To do something when you're sad or when you're mad.
What we choose to create is as impactful as why we choose to create it.
If being honest was easy we would do it all the time, but it is not easy. As creatives, we have a choice to make. We have a superpower that other industries do not have. We have a superpower that allows us to create experiences and solve problems in a unique way that other people are baffled by. We can accomplish elegant sustainable solutions to gigantic problems if we work from that mindset.
As I've gotten older and more aware, I've learned to hold my center, bridge the gap faster, and to look for what needs to be born.
If we can approach chaos with a sense of curiosity and adventure, then we can shorten our time in it and begin to create with excitement.
Chaos is the wild. There's beauty there if we're not afraid. It's the wild before we have found the great swimming spot or the amazing trail.
If we can learn to hold our center, question, dream, act, and express in chaos — then we too can be masterful like my father [Bruce Lee].
If we are aware and conscious, we can shorten and bridge the gap between chaos and whatever we're going to build and craft. We can see the opportunity to create.
My father [Bruce Lee] said, 'The void may be said to have two aspects: It is simply is what it is. And... it is realized. It is aware of itself. And this awareness is in us. Or better, we are in it.'
Dwelling in chaos and not creating in that moment prolongs our pain.
Chaos is the moment right before distinct form takes place.
[The right words] began to orient me. They began to create for me an order and a structure to the invisible.
I found words of his [Bruce Lee] such as, 'We shall find the truth when we examine the problem. The problem is never apart from the answer. The problem is the answer.'"
My mantra began to lead me because it was a cry from my soul to the universe. It led me to books to read, healers, friends, and people to talk to. I began to create and restructure life for myself.
If the void is this living space before distinct form is created, then chaos is the opportunity to create.
I didn't have a context for death or for life. I hadn't created my own sense of faith.
His [Bruce Lee] training wasn't just physical. It was mental, it was emotional. He was a deep thinker. It made him very masterful with unfolding chaos.
What is a fight without chaos? It's an attack. It's unfolding. It's spontaneous. You have to be proficient and have skill. You have to be able to respond in the moment.