I’m uninspired AF right now.
I have been for a few months, off and on. Is it common? Kinda. In my case, I suspect because I’ve been cooped up in the San Fernando Valley in the dead of summer (“Mordor,” as I affectionately call it this time of year) with few people to see and few places to go. So really just like every other human that’s living in a place affected by the current circumstances of the world and taking it seriously.
Pair that with the inevitable change that life brings and getting used to new ways of being and doing things…full disclosure, it hasn’t been easy. I’ve been on the struggle bus.
The GOOD thing is…I KNOW that this change is all for the better. In my case, this means being adamant on not doing shit I don’t want to do. No more booking scenes for the sake of booking scenes. No more going to set unless it’s for something EXTRA SUPER MEGA ULTRA DOPE or taking last-minute gigs and WAY more producing my own scenes for my fans. I mean, when you’ve been doing ANYTHING for 6 years and then it stops, whether you wanted it to or not, it’s still just a WEIRD feeling.
Don’t worry, you and I both know that I’m a fucking boss and I’m really good at figuring shit out and making shit happen (from an aligned place of course) 😉 I just feel weird at the moment. Untethered. It’s not bad. Just different.
This is the shit that has helped me get RE-INSPIRED. Tried-and-true methods by your very own alchemist. Teehee. Here ya go:
- Just fucking do it. If you’ve got a paper to write; a song to compose; a painting to paint….just jump right in. Sit in front of your computer / easel / wherever your “office” is and start writing. Put that first note down. Paint that first flower. There’s something about committing to doing whatever it is you need to do and just starting. It’s like a domino effect. All it takes is that first, second, third step and then it just starts to FLOW.
- Change your environment. Whenever I’m feeling like a lump of mashed potatoes with no brain, I get outside and take a walk, run an errand…something that will switch up the pace of my environment temporarily. It’s an instant refresh.
- Unplug. If you’re not able to even sit still, put a timer on and do something mindless for an hour. Play video games. Watch a TV show. Read. Listen to a podcast and clean. Watch the WAP music video and dance your heart out. Just immerse your brain with stuff so you’re not thinking endlessly about how uninspired you are. AND PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY DURING ALL OF THIS. NO EXCUSES. When the time’s up, get back to work. Sometimes you just need to give your mind a micro-vacation before it can create the work you want.
- Time yourself. Set a timer (I’m a HUGE fan of timers, can you tell?!) for an hour. Sit down and do whatever it is you need to do for an hour. No matter how slow you’re going or how hard it gets, just commit to doing it for an hour and don’t stop till the timer’s up. Even if you make a pile of steaming hot garbage within that hour, it can always be revamped and refined and set aside for another project. Or it could be the beginning of a fucking masterpiece. Some of my favorite scenes I’ve filmed over the years were made in an hour from a cell phone on the fly. YOU NEVER FUCKING KNOW.
Did I miss anything?! LMK.
You got this.