Your reports Find reports How do you stay creatively healthy without a job? How do you stay creatively healthy without a job? Convener(s):Alex Hassell Participants: Penny, Ray, Maddy, Tim, Frankie Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations: CREATE YOUR OWN WORK Is Playing about with other creatives but no audience enough? Can we create/is there a network to share ideas, arrange meetings and general jamming sessions? There are some places for such sharing-Shunt Lounge, Scratch nights Reading, writing, watching, chatting, going to galleries, plays, can all help but are not enough Setting creative goals can help Is a job important at all to stay healthy? We put too much worth on a paid job to fulfil us, money and health/worth are not mutually exclusive We must learn to intrinsically know our worth as artist outside of work The poorer you are the more creative you need to be We need sharing of ideas and encouragement and mutual validation Your financial worth does not equal your artistic worth Everything we do is a creative act The danger is that drink, drugs and flamboyance often are used to fill the gap Perhaps rejection, dry spells and periods of lack are helpful and important Constant success could leave you barren Perhaps work is often a distraction from real life Perhaps we must be a professional audience and learn to find the theatre in everyday life Normal life is our tool and resource Theatre practitioners should be allowed into theatres for free Our job is to watch, listen. Learn, observe and then play back for others What do we physically need to enable ourselves to stay creatively healthy? Surely the Art Centres should provide such aids WE MUST BE PLAYFUL IN LIFE Perhaps the question should really not include anything about a job and simply be-how do you stay creatively healthy? Shame is disabling and we need to name it Perhaps we are too critical of ourselves and we should just do? The difficulty is that creative success is impossible to quantify but money isn’t however it is only numbers FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN !!!!!!!!!!!