Media, culture, entertainment, science, spirituality and sports are also called the leisure industry. Cultural and Scientist Workers produce experiences for all of us.
Cultural life provides jobs for technicians, working with light and sound, camera and a lot of other specialized skills. Some are building musical instruments, others play on them, and some are entertainers or walking the catwalk. And a lot of people are engaged in volunteer work and activities like sport.
I have been privileged the last 17 years working with several variations in the culture diverse fauna professionally or on a recreational basis. The entire palette is as colorful as nature can be unpredictable, hot, raw and wonderful but the overall impression is that the contrasts, that at some time is exploding will be under the same roof and unfolds in an interaction that is inspiring, but with a sustained defense of own concepts until one of the parties lose in the fierce competition for a place in the shade.
Why are there so many people who are attracted to the creative universe? Well, the driving force is usually turned on and started as a child or young – perhaps a natural and innate ability to “act” regardless of the area we are talking about and also the influence of the external environment, so large that many “adopt” other people’s values as something alive and close to the the inner soul and mind – a direct contrast to the logical thinking.
I’m actually even mathematician and the main occupation for 25 years was naturally a career in business and the shipping dynasty. After those many years in the industry I suddenly felt that my “logical brain” was dead and as another logical thinking, I realized that I had to use the other half of my brain now – the creative!
I found myself in a whole new universe where everything was more illogical than logical – in short; people who were humans but in other positions, a different way of life and above all creative in thoughts and actions. However, I must add that I in my younger days sniffed to life as a performer in the world of music, so I was quite well versed with life as an artist on and behind the scenes. It was not a culture shock, but actually I found it relieving to start with the whole spectrum of cultural life.
Artists are in many cases what we may call “crazy” people. Many will be full-time professional artists via a few more instructive years at school, colleges or universities, but it is not a large educated mass of monotonous products from an assembly line, which often happens to business people, who primarily learned to count, divide, sell and use a proper language. Artists have larger antennae in the human universe, and they must succeed in the tough competition with other like minded and above all not be one of the dozen-men.
If you at first become “trapped” in this universe it may for youngsters be like standing at the foot of a mountain, looking up at the Peak, where the dream picture looks like a princess with half of the kingdom – the work can begin with the soul intact and a multitude of energies like it was a comparison with a rocket launcher to an unknown universe.
I have also tried this, but as a senior and professional in working with music, art, song and theater, I have also seen many “missiles” in emergency landings again with great sadness, helplessness and loss of self-confidence. Young people do not always have the ability to be self-critical, listen to their body signals and especially if they have fallen in love with an idol that may affect their “logical abilities” which is blocked by emotional embrace. It can sometimes take a long time to build up a broken man again and if it is youngsters still living at their parents it might result in a major task ahead for the latter.
The above is just the beginning for some, while others continue the long road that might end up with 5 minutes of fame whether it’s on a stage, lawn or a presentation of own works of art to an exhibition. The Elimination of race quickly turns out being half of the total force that began and it becomes even more difficult as time passes. Many will land on a platform that is well below the professional artists, who managed to use the creative
universe as a career. This “unsafe” platform can be grueling for artists, who did set aside for a living and many will be forced to take additional work in order to survive. The major success stories are few when we look back at the many lost and now referring to all other ways of life, than the blood of blood swore at first.
Who is responsible for all this? Well, everything from the parents or bad advisers to the part of people who can always put a tick on “like” whether they deep down believe something else.
Artists are vulnerable regardless of whether they have been in “focus” throughout life and why? They lack a stop button that can tell when the game is so good that it’s time to stop. We have in recent years seen many top professional artists using the “high flying – deep fall” concept – the reasons are many – everything from abuse of drugs and alcohol, without a genuine feeling that they are actually “died” in the eyes of the audience or perhaps a quite natural turnaround in their lives, focusing on completely different values.
I do see some common features in some logic and creative works – ambition, masks and selfish thoughts often associated with a “misuse” of other people. Ambitions are necessary and part of the driving force, but can often result in negative ways to pave the way for our own objectives whether it is recognition, honor or profit. The masks are in the process part of the game and another protective layer added on behalf of either the defense or attack many virtues. I’ve seen it thousands of times in both business life as well as the creative creators in many variants that stretch from plain cheating to people who are psychopaths perhaps without even knowing it.
In ancient times, it was always the physically strong man that survived in the battle for glory, honor, and perhaps the entire kingdom, but today it has become a battle of words, phrases, rhetoric and sharp opinions that provides access to the upper dimensions of reality in the world. Seen in historic spectacles, any “authorized” officer always knocked again at some point, why these redeployed centuries cannot always be called an evolutionary or revolutionary new lifestyle, but the continuation of previous trends from past many prophets looking towards the unknown future.
This is precisely why I like to be amongst all the creative outrageously exciting and “crazy” people in a colorful world and no one knows who might have the key to breaking the cycle of a real breakthrough based on a perhaps abstract thinking, which can add humanity completely new perspectives in life – always seeking answers to the question – How was the universe created and how was a small planet called earth created by a subsequent process, which among other things included “man” as we know it today.