Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Tip#168: Just Express Yourself - Be Kind Rewind

Little children's artwork can look so fantastic. The explosion of colours and shapes are so raw and full of passion. It is a reminder that when you follow your passions do not focus on how it looks to others but aim on fully expressing yourself.

I love looking at kid's drawings. Recently I saw the artwork of a good friend's 3 year old and it took my breath away. There was so much beauty in the vibrant hues and energetic lines of the picture. With all my years of artistic training I still strive to capture the purity of a child's drawing or painting. Picasso himself spent his life unlearning his training in order to create artwork like a child.

Be Kind Rewind

The movie Be Kind Rewind celebrates the purity of artistic expression in lieu of technical quality. The film stars Danny Glover, Jack Black and Mos Def and is about what happens when movie videos are accidentally erased magnetically in their video rental store. The two friends who were put in charge of the store take extreme measures and actually re-film the movies that are being requested!

The concept is so kooky and crazy and yet this movie has so much heart that it will excite movie lovers everywhere. They remake movies like Ghostbusters, Driving Miss Daisy and Robocop with surprising ingenuity and raw filmmaking.

Despite the crudity of the remakes they suddenly attract the attention of whole neighbourhood. Their homemade movies ignite passion and excitement in others like a massive domino effect and it creates community spirit on a grand scale.

Just Do It

So whenever you feel a strong desire to express yourself remember to focus on the heart of your message. Don't worry about what it will look like to others. Quality can take a backseat to the heart of your message.

Just look at the success stories of individuals on YouTube who've been discovered for their singing abilities and other natural skills they've shared with amateur videos posted online. Ellen DeGeneres actually helped a teen get a deal with Nike just because she saw his YouTube video of his amazing ability to leap over cars.

Even my new video art, like the one posted on YouTube called "Chocolate Energizes", was created with the focus on fun. I didn't care about the technical quality and just did the best I could with the tools and resources at hand.

So if you ever need a reminder of the power of self expression just look at the beauty and raw intensity of a child's drawing. Let it inspire you to turn off the left side of your brain and let the creative right side do its thing. Let it go and let it flow.

Make the most of what you have and express yourself. Your passion energy will definitely connect with others.

Emmanuel Lopez
Motivational Specialist & Motivational Wingman
© Emmanuel Lopez 2008

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