Listen: Omid, Meghan Culvert, JOE discussed on Creative Processing with Joseph Gordon-Levitt
"Hey everybody welcome to the creative processing podcast. My name is Joe. Gordon Lebed Abbott the idea of the show is to have a conversation about the creative process inspired by one question that question comes from you out there asking questions on the Internet and then I find find a guest that I think is well suited to answer that question and we have conversation my guest. This week is omitted memoir. He is a fantastic fantastic young actor. I recently worked with him on a movie called seventy five hundred which is not out yet this is a movie. I'm really proud of love and the acting was very very challenging. I dare say it was as challenging as any acting. I've ever done and he's so good good in the movie. Amid is just every moment is so honest and real and heartbreaking and human. He's a young guy. He's just getting started in his career is that he was eighteen when I worked with them and I think that made him particularly well suited to answer this question question question came from Meghan Culvert from Springfield New York and she asked how do you balance the inner need to create with the practical tactical need to bring in a paycheck. There's a big question and I have to admit I'm coming from a a lucky in a privileged position to talk about it. I've been fortunate to make money as an actor since I was six years old and I'm sitting in the rare fortunate position right now of of having enough money to be comfortable title in my life so I have a particular perspective on where making money intertwines with making art or being creative. I do think though that there's sometimes oftentimes in our culture too much emphasis put onto into whether or not one makes money doing the thing that they love to do. There's almost like a condescending attitude in like western earn capitalist culture about if you do something and it's not the thing that you do for a living then you must not be as good at it or must you must. It's not take it seriously or must not be as important as if you do it professionally and honestly. I think that's really problematic attic way to think about it. You know I know plenty of people who make a lot of money or I should say I know of plenty of people who make a lot of money doing being variously creative things in the movie business or whatever who it's not something that they love. It's not something that they're getting the kind of fulfillment. Phil meant out of that. I think is I think is really the valuable part of being creative doing art and and I also know plenty of people who do their thing they draw. They make music or they writer they. They're doing their creative thing and it's not career and they don't make money doing it but it's deeply meaningful thing and they get a lot out of it and I sort of feel like one of the things I would like to accomplish with my fortunate platform to be able to like have a podcast and have you guys listening to what I have to say or the work. Did I do with my company here. Record etc like one of the things that I'd like to put forward. One of the ideas is hey. Even if if you're not making money that doesn't mean that you're not a real artist and that's not to say that you shouldn't pursue the money and that's not to say that having money involved is bad or or in any way contaminating but it's just not all there is it's not all there is the truth is oftentimes. If you'RE GONNA make it your career you'll run into circumstances where creativity has to take a back seat to your career and I've definitely found myself in situations or unlike well. This is part of being an actor. I'm having to do this today but man I don't like it. I feel not only do I feel creatively inspired. I feel like this deadening. Mike creative spirit of definitely had had plenty of days like that and I don't know I've. I've definitely had moments where I've wondered. Maybe I shouldn't be doing this professionally. Maybe I would get more out of this. If it weren't how I earn my living. If I were just doing doing my own creative thing and didn't have to worry about what impact it might or might not have on my career on my livelihood flee hood. I could see real upsides to that but it's something that I think I probably talk about less on on this podcast because I like to put more emphasis on the creative process itself and less emphasis on career building but the honest truth is that in many ways they are inextricably linked and it's you know it makes perfect sense that I think a lot of people are curious about that and so oh this is an episode where we get into talking about that and I'm talking about it with. Omid who is figuring this out for himself right right now. So why don't I take you this conversation. I think you'll like it ladies and Gentlemen Omid Memoir."