Make Visible: From Consumer to Creator
I bet you have lots of media in your home, like CDs, books, DVDs, even art—all made by someone else or a group of other people. Have you ever considered making your own media, your own art? As the rash of consumerism that spreads over the country at this time of year attests, there is a huge market for the products of creativity. I ask you to consider making your own music, writing your own books, directing your own movies and decorating your walls with your own art. Right away, there are objections: You don’t have the talent, money, time, skills, contacts to do this! Maybe not.
The creators of media (art) aren’t any different than you and me. “They put their pants on one leg at a time,” as my dad used to say. Maybe they have a vision to share, maybe not, maybe they have time, talent, money and all that good stuff, maybe not. It’s not about becoming a writer, musician, artist, filmmaker. This is about being creative and expressing yourself. We will still buy media, that’s not in question. It’s time to be creators of art rather than only consumers of art. Be brave! You don’t have to share just yet. Get out pen and paper, a guitar, paint and paintbrush or video camera. I double dog dare you!