The power of someone’s imagination reflected in the physical World.
Wildly Creative: What is your first memory of connecting with your creative self?
My creative life started as a child when I first discovered the power of imagination. As young as 4-5 years-old, I used to create stories and imaginary treasure hunts and expeditions in my parents backyard, on which I would go on with my imaginary friends, characters that I would imagine inspired by my favorite movie or book. My mom taught me to read very young, I was already reading novels at 5, and I think that this had a decisive effect on my childhood.
The imaginary haven of a good book that had so much for me to dream about was one of my favorite things as a child. It’s funny because, even though at the time I was already playing music (started violin at 3, piano at 5), music didn’t trigger my creative side right away. I thinks it’s because the action of music was so associated with a system, something I needed to learn and work hard on. I remember having fun creating melodies on the piano at around 6-7 years old but that was before I got into serious classical music studies with that instrument. The real creativity flowing easily through music only happened much later for me, after I was able to free myself from all the restraints, conventions and preconceived ideas that the classical education system had so strongly implemented in my brain.
Wildly Creative: What is your advice that you would offer to anyone wishing to design their own creative life?
Anything is possible. Be daring and brave. You can be everything you want to be. The power of imagination is to give birth to dreams and visions that belong only to you while creativity is the power to put these visions into the physical World. Creativity can only go as far as your dreams can go. So dream wild, dream big, without any constraints, and then put your attention back into the physical World to start manifesting your visions into reality, step by step. The arrival point of that journey is not very important ; maybe you will manifest the vision exactly the way you dreamt it, maybe not. But one thing is sure, the journey will take you somewhere. And if you hold your dream clearly in your mind and keep your intentions well connected in the heart, you will be safe and the ride will be amazing.
Wildly Creative: What drives you wild with inspiration and passion? What is whispering to you that inspires you to create?
Human behavior. How we can so easily hurt each other only because we misunderstand other people’s reality. It fascinates me and also makes me sad. It makes me want to speak up. Having traveled so much and un-rooted myself to integrate another culture so many times, it gives me a different perspective on human behaviors, I see more clearly preconceived judgments implemented by social, cultural and religious filters. It hurts to see human beings, all similar by nature, tearing each other apart, most of the time because of simple ignorance. It makes me want to point it out, dig in the matters that are dividing us most, even if its not pretty. I love the feeling of diving deep into human nature to find that essence that unites us all, even if that means going through muddy waters of dark feelings and pain. I think that creating for me is a way to transcend that pain, make it useful, have it serve a purpose in this life instead of growing closed and bitter.
Some say I like darkness. I wouldn’t describe it as “liking” it, it’s more like I accept it, and this acceptance comes from the desire I have to grow beyond it. And I don’t believe in avoiding. I don’t think you can transcend something you don’t know or don’t understand. So I accept it when it comes in myself or others and that allows me to contemplate it, analyze it and maybe understand a bit more of the World we live in and my place in it… I think thats the place from which I create the most.
Wildly Creative: Creatives are usually the ones breaking the rules and little bits of misfits. How are you making sure to hold true to breaking the rules?
It’s like the famous scene in The Matrix: “There is no spoon.” I believe in good/pure intentions in the heart, a strong, well disciplined mind mixed with a wild imagination. If that’s there, whatever rule is in the way can go to hell.
In 2014, Mynah created the independent label StreetCats Records Inc. in Canada and now more recently in India. SCR aims to facilitate international expansion for quality underground artists from around the Globe. Mynah is also the co-founder of Wildly Creative.World. Read more about Mynah Marie here.