Wildly Creative: In your own words, what do you do Wyatt?
Wyatt: I play with things, I tinker. Music, food, crafts, like creating and building.
I just play with the world.
Wildly Creative: When did you start nurturing your creative life and why?
Wyatt: Always. I think all children are creative. It is something you have and do instinctually
Nurturing it is whether or not your have cool parents.
Wildly Creative: Fill in the blank, Creativity is…..
Wyatt: Seeing what is not there and making it so.
Wildly Creative: What is your first memory of connecting with your creative self?
Wyatt: I grew up in the middle of nowhere more or less by myself. When I was very young my best friends were the ghosts in the house and they were my playmates. To engage with them, I had to engage the creative part of my mind, create who they were, and I was creating a whole world and the games for us (me and these ghosts) to engage.
Wildly Creative: What was your world like with these ghosts?
Wyatt: We talked about the difference between being a ghost and being a person.
I remember pretending I was the ghost and that I was back playing with legos at the house when I was on my way to pre-school. We spent a lot of time in my backyard of my house.
My house was built in the 1700s and I spent a lot of time in these very old spaces. Interacting with all of this history that was there.
Wildly Creative: What is your advice that you would offer to anyone wishing to design their own creative life?
Wyatt: The turning point for me was realizing that you don’t have to be a great artist to be really creative. You can find ways to be creative in whatever you do. It is cliché but I stopped creating art or be creative for other people. I did it for my own enjoyment. When I started creating for myself it is when I have felt the most joy with it. I did not tell myself “no I can’t do that” nor did I tell myself “I am not good enough.” I just did it regardless of how much I sucked.
I just sucked at things and did not care and I did because it was fun and I wanted to do it.
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?
Wyatt: First I learn the rules because it only counts if you now them to begin with. I stick with the ones that are going to work and I leave the rest or I change them. In regards to rules, this sums it up best: you gave me this thing and I don’t like what you have given me, so I decided to do something else
If a rule is not going to serve you then it is not worth following and there is a difference between rules and limitations. Knowing your limitations is useful. I am also aware there are repercussions for breaking the rules and I am ready for those consequences at any given time. But you have to know when breaking the rules is worth the on consequences.”