Whenever I need to connect with a creative community, I listen to Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert. I’m currently catching up on season two, which was released in July 2016.
Magic Lessons is the ultimate creative conversation!
For each session, Gilbert talks with an artist who is trying to solve a challenge— often involving how to take their creativity to the next level.
Gilbert helps the artist set goals, and she gives them assignments. She also discusses the artist’s challenges with an expert in the field.
Whether she’s interviewing a writer, dancer, comedian, photographer, or songwriter, it is interesting to hear the common themes of creativity…and humanity too.
Listening to Magic Lessons reminds me of my younger days— running lines with friends for an audition, rehearsing dance steps in the hallway, practicing a song until it was just right, crazy backstage costume changes, and all-night talks about hopes and dreams.
…and if you only have 20 minutes, watch Gilbert’s Ted Talk Your Elusive Creative Genius. It is pure, inspirational brilliance.
Next up for me: I finally picked up her book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. I know I’ll be taking notes and highlighting my favorite passages. More on that later…
Here’s to nourishing our creative souls. Cheers!