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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.)
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 probably about being in the...
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 - 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 in the same...