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Feminism, Creativity, and Breaking Boundaries: A Conversation with Anna Fishbeyn

“I only got onto the stage after I had my children. When I became a mom, it gave me an enormous freedom in thinking about myself.”

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Recently we got a chance to talk with Anna Fishbeyn who is a creative in many areas. The conversation with Anna covers the interesections between parenthood, unzipping the layers of definitions as an individual and as a creative. Anna shares that creativity is “something that is constantly moving and evolving” much like our lives from moment to moment.  Anna shares, “I find it very strange that society has defined titles for us like writer, actress or filmmaker. I actually find that they are all intertwined.”

Find out how her creative life began on stage in 2010 with an array of vignettes including The Nuts and Bolts of Espionage i.e. Sex I n Mommyville to some advice she has for swimming in your own creative waters.

You can see more of Anna Fishbeyn’s work including her winning episodes of Happy Hour Feminism on VimeoOnDemand ($1.99/video). If you are interested in also helping to support Anna’s projects, you can also visit www.patreon.com/xofeminist.

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Check out more of Anna Fishbeyn’s work and websites:

xofeminist.com

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SexinMommyville FANPAGE

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Anna’s twitter handle is  twitter/annafishbeyn and her instagram is Annafishbeyn.

To Create or Create for Change….That Is The Question

“An artist’s duty as far as I am concerned is to reflect the times…”
(Nina Simone during an interview)

On this site we often talk about encouraging and inspiring individuals to create, but the question of whether or not to create has several layers.

Will you create?  Or will you create in order to impact change?

Will you use your body, your movement, your canvass, your camera lens, your pen, your voice to bring attention to the urgency of the now?  This question was inspired by this video in which Nina Simone talks about the duty of the artist to go beyond just creating…

Wild Adventures & Projects: Diving Into Deeper Selves….A Sneak Preview of Fragments

This is a sneak preview of a project involving a partnership between two friends and the co-founders of Wildly Creative,  Mynah Marie (Singer, Songwriter)  and Shanta Lee (photographer and writer).

The Beginning of it All

It started with a conversation across computer screens in the middle of the night in late August 2015.  The conversation was between Shanta Lee on American shores and Mynah in Bombay  amidst words, passionate talk, and laughter…. Mynah started to unzip sharing an epiphany that punctured the night and was the beginning of something stating…

“I am not one but many…”

And she continued, “Everything makes sense now that I understand that. My personality is fragmented in such ways that in one body I actually contain a variety of characters, each with their own belief system and functions. Some are male, some female, some are even androgynous, even their age varies… It’s very trippy, almost like having multiple personality syndrome.”

When asked about her female/male polarity she said: “You know what it is? I need to have my masculine fall in love with my feminine….”

Photo Credit: Shanta Lee
Photo Credit: Shanta Lee

Mynah’s Male Alter-Ego, which she affectionately calls ‘Mino’, is one of the protectors of her primal feminine fragment. I wanted to know everything about ‘Mino’, what he was like, how he came about, and how he engaged with her other selves.

“He is short tempered and can seem very rude and even mean but in a boyish arrogance kind of way. When triggered, he can become a bully with aggressive tendencies.  His main purpose is to protect the primal feminine when she is in freakout mode because the primal feminine is a pure receptor who is too sensitive and overwhelmed by the energy she is receiving to take her own defense.”

Shanta Seeing Mino

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Photo Credit: Shanta Lee


“When I photographed Mino, Mynah ceased existing in that moment and all I saw was him.  As I observed Mino in my mind and with my camera lens, Mynah’s words stayed with me like a secret inscription…..”I need to have my masculine fall in love with my feminine….”  Was this true for myself?   Did we all need to to find our “Mino” to protect our feminine?  Was this true for everyone wishing to connect to a partner outside of themselves or even seeking any connection in the world?  Do we first need to merge or unify the opposites within us?”

Photo Credit: Shanta Lee
Photo Credit: Shanta Lee

 

Mynah Marie and Shanta Lee will be sharing more of their dialogue and exploration of Fragments throughout the year.  Stay Tuned!

What We Can Learn From David Bowie About Challenging Limitations by Shanta Lee

When a death occurs, I look at how the spirit and living of the deceased inspires a need to improve the quality of our everyday lives beyond mere existing.  For example, what can we learn by how others have been impacted by a life that has been well lived?  How can we ensure that we are living our lives in such a way that inspires others to break beyond the can’ts, shouldn’ts, or other social or self-imposed restrictions?

There are no easy answers to those questions.  However, we can take a moment to become inspired by an illustration of the life led by David Bowie.  If David Bowie has taught us anything, he showed us that we can make space to change, grow, create despite the natural fear or hesitation to go to places we may not have imagined.

We can break-up with can’t and shouldn’t.  We can add apology for our authentic ourselves to the bonfire while expanding beyond personal or social limitations.

His life extends an invitation to be comfortable in our own skin without explanation or apology.  He encouraged us to live as ourselves and become audacious cartographers of our own beautifully complicated maps for others to enjoy.

May you rest in peace and thank you for all of the ways you encouraged us all to just be.

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Just Wild Over This Year: Open Letter to 2015

letter-stackAs you read this, perhaps you might think about your own letter to 2015 that you want to craft.  Perhaps your “letter” is in the form of a simple resolution.  Maybe it is a theme or name you want to give it that encapsulates all of the lessons, adventures, or living that you have gained from 2015.

time spaceWhatever and however you are wishing to mark the transition, do it in a way that allows you to nurture or plant the seed for that wild, untamed creative space that you’ve been wanting to come out.  Sometimes, it is as simple as starting with a list of your intentions.
Good luck to creating and remaining open to the wild inspiration, adventures and musings that await you in the New Year!

Open Letter to 2015:

I started with you as I do every year as a hopeful child
now I leave you some parts disillusioned,
surprised,
and yet still hopeful

Your hours and days included many relationships
unfinished,
unexamined,
and some worth revisiting

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All not quite what they seemed

MagicThere were the adventures you gave me that were not planned or expected
and, let’s face it,
there were adventures that happened that I did not sign up for,
the ones that I wanted to forget but they will provide a good story or two in old age

2015
You whose name was “Things are things” and in many ways you defied all categories
encouraging and daring me to be a wilder,
thornier,
livelier version of myself

You pushed me into taking chances
and you didn’t just thrust me out of my comfort zone,
you openly challenged me to live within all of the places that were uncomfortable

While I  am happy to see you go
ome parts of me will miss some of your surprises

As you leave,
I will now be whispering to myself,
What of you do I want to keep?
What parts of you am I happy to see go?

Perhaps these and other questions
can remain in the web of the rhetorical as I look forward to 2016

Reminding myself that it was you, 2015, who gave me permission to spin a web of intentions with everything,
every person met,
every place seen,
and every experience had within your 12-month womb

In many ways,
you prepared me for many endings and beginnings
reminding me of the gift of being open
reminding me of the many ways to gracefully break the rules
crash the mold
forever daring me to set fire to the idea of what is

As I approach your end and begin again
you remind me to remember all of the ways of being creative
showed me the topography of my wild
while reminding me to keep a book of matches,
an eraser,
an open mind,
and an open heart to the unknown that awaits in the new year

After all
you and I once started in a place where you were new
and unknown to me

© Shanta Lee

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Wildly Creative Wisdom: We Do What We Are Doing

Sometimes wild creativity and living is just continuing to be your path.  This quote was inspired by a conversation between WildlyCreative.World co-founder Shanta Lee and a woman while standing in line at a store.    After asking, “How do you do it all?”  there was so much wisdom within the simple answer provided during this chance encounter.

Just being or continuing to be the path does not always feel radical or rebellious…but does it have to be?  Sometimes, wild living and inspiration exists as we live and do in our everyday.

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Creative confidence: Living a truly creative lifestyle by Chris Cromwell

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Take a moment to consider this… What quality would you consider to be the most fundamental aspect of being creative? Lots of notable teachers in the space share common opinions. I’ve heard everything from being open to new experiences to being actively curious. I’ve heard really simple things like the awareness and intention to be more creative. I think each of these methods have merit and I believe that together they can create a truly empowered creative experience.

I propose that each of these tactics have a unifying theme.

The title for this little blurb was inspired by a book I read recently. “Creative Confidence” by Tom and David Kelley. The book outlines their concept of confidence as it relates to creative thinking. The book was actually fantastic and I highly recommend it for anyone pursuing a creative lifestyle.

I wrote this article with the intention to share my own opinions in contrast to what I learned in their book. I’m completely addicted to learning and I listen to about one audio book per week. In my immersion of education, I’ve gained lots of insights into my own learning process and I’ve found a few common principles for living a truly creative life.

First of all, we have to constantly be learning new things. I always like to use the analogy of a toolbox when referring to the mind. Your mind is a toolbox. Information and knowledge are your tools. The more tools you have, the more things you can build. It makes good, logical sense doesn’t it?

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I’ve had the good fortune of meeting thousands of people in my adventures and I constantly notice something unique about creative people. They are veracious learners. For creators, it doesn’t matter what the skill is, as long as it’s interesting creative people will deep dive into a topic without hesitation.

If you’re anything like me, you were told growing up that you should specialize your skills. Get a good education and find a job in a field that you’re passionate about. Easy right? Well, until you’ve had the experience of looking at all your options… It becomes obvious that a single specialty is just not practical. I’ve always been given freedom to choose what I prefer and being faced with so many options, I feel it to be painfully impossible to pick just one thing to excel at.

Personally, I’m excited about the science of people. Anthropology. I’m extremely passionate about music and the arts. I’m an avid marketer and sales person. I’m a big tech geek and I’ve always loved speaking and performing as an orator. I’m an entrepreneur and an aspiring philanthropist. As I’m sure you can tell, each of these skills are very different. I don’t specialize in any single industry or narrow my options to select just one field of study. Along my path, these passion have naturally overlapped and I’ve found it very useful in practice to have multiple skill sets.

Creative Confidence to me, is having the ability to face obstacles.

I feel that being curious, staying open to the potential of new experiences and living a ‘fun’ life are the foundational aspects of living a fulfilled, creative existence. Without having the courage to face new challenges and overcome new barriers, we become apathetic. I believe that continuous learning is the fundamental key to being empowered, creatively.

Our lust for life exists in our ability to seek out new challenges, create new problems and really face life head-on with ambition and excitement about the unknown. I know that we are naturally courageous and creative people that are drawn to learn, explore and ponder the world around us. I feel that our society (unintentionally) teaches us to play it safe and follow the beaten path. I suggest to get lost, make messes and explore the possibilities of the world. We’re very fortunate to grow up in this day in age where the information of the world is at our fingertips… literally.

It’s a natural experience to be curious and wonder about things. If we spent more time in our days following our curiosities and courageously exploring this magnificent world around us, we would be actively living a creative life and be fulfilled in the process.

Here’s to your creative adventure, whatever it might be.
Go forward courageously, friends!

 

More About Chris:

Chris Cromwell is a visual artist based in Calgary, Alberta. After losing both parents in 2011, Chris quit his day job and started pursuing art full time. Jumping in head first gave him valuable insights into how much work it actually takes to survive and thrive as an artist.  Read more about Chris Cromwell here.

You can check Chris out by visiting:

www.creativecrom.com
www.theworkingartist.ca
www.creativeconfidence.ca
www.cromwellcreativity.com
www.unleashthecreativity.com