I've been talking a lot recently to different artists from all across the creative melieu. I should clarify that I've been speaking to professional artists. You know, the ones that seek to create and entertain beyond the level of a hobbyist. Their passion may have started as an extra-curricular love but that need to tell stories, whether through film, photography, words, or dance, has evolved into something bigger than a part-time commitment.
I've discovered that we all have something in common. True professionals are constantly practicing. They seek to continually improve, to jump to a new level of expression. Be it through formalized classes or just doing moves in the studio, on camera, over the mic, we work. We keep our tools sharp and at the ready by continually doing and realizing that we are forever students. To be honest, I'm not sure if I ever want to be a master at something. It implies that I've finished learning and I enjoy that process to damn much to end it. Being challenged rocks and nothing pushes me past a plateau of blah and safe better than a good challenge. To quote Timothy Findley, I kill my darlings to allow myself to discover new ways of bringing truth to characters.
So how are you evolving as a professional? I'd love to hear!