When I approached Emily about a residency at ReCreative Spaces, I had no idea what to expect, but I'm glad that I did. Moving from producer to artist is not an easy shift, and it has been difficult these first few months making my time at the studio artist-centered since I also teach at a local community college full-time, and adjunct at another local university, produce events, and consult a small group of creatives.
I live a varied life, by choice but if I want this Fellowship to work in a way that benefits me as an artist, I realize that I have to unpack a few things. I'm sharing then as part of my creative process. Here goes:
-My penchant for late nights and early mornings. I need very little sleep to function which can be a blessing, but really is not. It takes a toll on me in many ways, especially psychically, so I'm working to get bed early, or wake up later, so that I am rested. This means literally forcing myself to lay in bed until at least 7am, when I usually wake up at 5am, because I didn't get to sleep until 1am.
-I am constantly being asked to help and assist with all sorts of issues. By nature, I am a problem solver and love listening and then advising people. This also leads to me agreeing to things that only distract me from my process. This one is hard, but I am learning to say "Not right now" to the things that sound interesting, but are not on the shortlist. I'm also giving a straight up "No" to things that are not in alignment with what I am creating with Seeing EYE Woman.
-Finally, I am unpacking solitude. This is a big one. I like being alone, but I'm a pushover when it comes to internal deadlines. One of the major components of the Fellowship revolves around accountability. This includes weekly check-ins with Emily and an advisory committee of varied folk who will give me feedback throughout my process. I thought this part would be difficult, but so far I don't hate it.
I'm looking forward to figuring out the rhythm that makes sense for me as a Fellow, and feeling grounded in the recreation of how I approach my creative life. I'll be sharing my adventures each month, so you will have a front seat to all the action. I'm also open to feedback, so feel free to comment below. Until next time, keep it breezy.