Great commencement speech last month by Neil Gaiman, the fantasy writer whose comic books, novels and films have made him one of today’s leading creative figures.
I find his speech realistic and inspiring, full of good advice.
I had lunch with a former student, and as we sat down, I asked how things were going. My lunch mate responded, “I’m still trying to find my voice.”
It’s a line I hear a lot from creative people, and it got me thinking.
What does it mean to “find your voice?” I usually understand that someone is saying, “I want to find the authentic me.” While that certainly is a laudable goal, there are some things I think we need to think about in searching for it. Read more
Six months before he died last year of throat cancer, the always-interesting columnist, thinker and writer Christopher Hitchens wrote an article in which he mused on the relationship between one’s creative voice and one’s actual voice (http://vnty.fr/k3gyeT). Read more
Some of the responses I’ve received to my piece “Finding Your Authentic Voice” have exhibited a touch of anguish because several people clearly feel they should have a voice but didn’t know what it was or how to find it, or they feel have a voice but no one will listen to it.
As one person pointed out, the word “vocation” comes from the same root as “voice,” and it refers to something that has the status of the sacred – a higher calling. Read more
My recent post, “Finding Your Authentic Voice” received more responses than anything I’ve written in months. Now, there’s a great montage of clips from Aaron Sorkin’s many major films and tv series that deals very much with the question, “What is one’s “voice”? (See: http://bit.ly/LMryRF )
The montage focuses amusingly on how many lines, expressions, questions, etc. Sorkin uses over and over his different works. Read more