Although I read this a little while ago, my memory of it still feels like yesterday, this book is great in a way that it relaxes you, the artist.
I’m an actress and I can’t say how many times I’ve put so much pressure to my work, my auditions, my career. I’ve said things like, “I have to make it.” “I have to get this audition.” “I have to be good”, “I’m not pretty enough”, “skinny enough”, “my face isn’t clear enough.” Etc, etc, etc, a whole lot of negative thinking, comparison, and feeling like down when a fellow actor peer books an audition and I don’t.
Big magic is full of advice on how to not only take care of yourself mentally but pushes on the idea that great artists don’t have to be broken people, that you can create great work while feeling your greatest self.
Not only that, but she believes that the great work we produce (not yet me, but great actors like Robbin Williams, or Heath Ledger) comes from a big magic we’re touched by, that is a fleeting gift that wishes to be born through you and if not, goes on to someone else; that’s why sometimes we’re like, “that’s my life,” or “I thought about this first,” comes to mind!
When I read this, I realized how I’ve gone about my career all wrong, how I shouldn’t be harming it, I kept pushing it away and adding so much fear to myself, I kept putting so much pressure into a career, making it a negative and unappealing experience that (honestly) left me unsatisfied in the end.
I’ve learned that I can’t stress my art, I can’t stress myself while going through this journey because I’ve realized it closes me off from feeling the work and from wanting to do the work.
This book helped me approach my acting in whole different way and it’s helping me approach my work stress free and emotionally open.
No more pressure to my work.
Do I recommend?