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Devin Barnes

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Aspiring actor, writer, director, improviser, comedian, filmmaker and columnist. Dreamer. Cynical idealist. (Credit for profile picture: Helen Tansey.)
See what I did? Thank you, contemporary journalism: you taught me everything I need to know about clickbait headlines. I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but "become an actor in ten easy steps" isn't a thing. Oh sure, you...
So I'm betting a lot of you read this blog because you're interested in art, creativity, etc. - maybe you want to be employed as a working artist. Perhaps you've gone to school for something creative, like I did...
I have talked about creativity a lot on here. What is its function in society? What purpose does it serve? Is it worth pursuing as a career, despite the hardships involved in attempting to do so? Can it be therapeutic? In this article I raise another question: Where does creativity come from?
Let me preface this by saying I'm not a clinician. I'm not a psychiatrist. I can't answer this question with an unequivocal "Yes" - although "art therapy" is undeniably a thing. But I am someone who wants to use...
Admit it: at one point you've thought something like "Wouldn't it be nice if I could do ____ for a living?" And since you're reading an arts blog, if you've had that thought it's possibly about your passion in...
If you've been reading my articles, you know that I'm not aiming for some makeshift jab at serious journalism. It's a back-and-forth mental process in which I play tennis with my own head - trying to go at an...
There's an adage from the Pixar film "Ratatouille" that I particularly enjoy: "Anyone can cook," says the world-class chef Gusteau. He was idolized by our vermin-turned-hero at the center of the tale (or tail, because he's a rat. Get...
As aspiring artists, we know that art and creativity serve a function in our society - but what, exactly? Nurturing the soul? What does that even mean? Is creativity just a distraction? How necessary is it? Surely it's not necessary...