2 days ago
I plan everything... 'cause planning gets you results. I can photograph a party if there's hardly anyone there... Or if it's a sausage fest... Or if no one is dancing. Because I'm not dependent on the party. I'm dependent on my plan. The only way to pierce through this noisy world is to treat "making art" like you're an athlete. Structure your days, plan your meals, schedule your rest... You should even conserve your chi energy and abstain from sex every once in a while. I plan everything when I go out. Since day 1 in NYC, I've always had a shot-list waiting in my back pocket (or sometimes written on my left arm). So if the night sucks... it doesn't suck for me. But if the night is great... I drop all those former plans I had and go with the new plans that God has given me. It’s easier to live in the moment when you plan. Some call it "putting out an intention". I'm just practical. I call it being smart. Abandon the polarities you've been brainwashed to believe about yourself. You CAN be a planner AND an improviser at the same time! Use whatever the occasion calls for. That's what being in the moment is all about. Whenever you're staring at a blank page or a bad party and you don't know what to do... there is always someone else that could walk in there and make art out of it. Not because they have more ideas than you. Only because they have a different perspective. When you plan your art in advance... Like bringing some poetry notebooks or chord progressions to the writing session or whatever... It's like front-loading your brain with "perspectives". It gives you the confidence to stay in the moment no matter what happens. If you want to make your life “like a movie” EVERYDAY-- then you have to be creative like a director AND have the discipline of a producer. Don't let anyone tell you you can't be both.