MOTIVATIONAL CREATIVITY

Hi There,

In the past few weeks, as I’ve been putting together workshops for my Acting classes- I’ve been looking at the terminology we use as lingo, language and description when we talk about Stanislavsky- “the Method”. I’ve noticed a direct link between the lingo, and the word “motivation” (which we use in Acting- as in “What’s my motivation? Why should my character do this?”)- and our every day creative lives- Motivational Creativity.

EXERCISE: “MOTIVATIONAL CREATIVITY”

Work through these questions to gain clarity and motivation:

1. What’s your OBJECTIVE for your Creativity today? What do you want to do TODAY- e.g.- I want to write 1000 of my novel, or go and see a movie/exhibition- whatever. 

2. What’s your SUPER OBJECTIVE for the next six months? A super objective is an overriding goal- such as- I want to finish this collection of paintings and hold an exhibition- it’s a major statement, something big, but something achievable.

3. What ACTIONS can you take to move you closer to your goals? (manageable steps- can you make one today to move you closer to getting what you want?)

Helpful Tools:

Visualization: This can help move you closer to achieving your goals. Visualize living and breathing your goal/objective/super objective as if its happening now.

Active Imagination: Add on to your visualisation by invoking the five senses- imagine seeing through your own eyes and fully embodying your goal/objective/super objective.

Enjoy! Claire x

I am currently running 7 Week Programs/Workshops in Performance of Adults- Thursday Evenings is “Acting Fundamentals”, 6-9 pm (Tantrum, 48 Watt Street, Newcastle, NSW) and “Imago Actors Studio”- Saturday mornings 9-12. See website for booking details. Drop in classes are available. clairepasvolsky@gmail.com

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CREATIVITY AND THE POWER OF PLAY

“Only children believe they’re capable of everything.”- Paolo Coelho

As a Creativity and Acting Teacher, one of my greatest joys is seeing inspiration come alive. When adult students of Acting and Creativity get motivated and switched on, they become gloriously animated and childlike. What is that about? I believe it is a rememberence of their true self, a coming “home”, if you will.

So many people have severe wounds from their childhood, but if you examine the purity of the child as they play, before any harm or self consciousness or shame has been inflicted on them- this is the essence of true creativity. Creativity is freedom, it is like taking flight, knowing that you are safely and divinely protected.

I ran a workshop on the weekend on Creativity and I was introduced by a former student as someone who “creates a safe haven for artists to flourish. Students are encouraged to be themselves, to be inspired and to play.” That was awesome. That is what I try to do in all of my classes, I just hadn’t thought of it like that.

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Transformation occurs in my workshops and courses. People are rarely the same as when they arrive. Why would you want to be? I think we all need to be supported as we expand and grow into a higher version of ourselves.

“Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?” Rumi

Perhaps our “prisons” were not of our making, but now as adults we have the chance to propel ourselves into higher vibrations of consciousness and creativity. Be free, seek freedom, seek to feed your creative soul. What is it you want more of? What do you want less of? Not sure? Need clarity? Join one of my classes or coaching sessions and fly!

Workshops start this week- “Acting Fundamentals” Thursday evenings- 8 weeks, 6-9 pm, “Imago Actors Studio” Saturday mornings 9-12- “Unleashing Your Creativity”- a four week course starts in August. Coaching available via Skype. xx

“IT’S A PLAYSHOP- NOT A WORKSHOP!”

“Play is the highest form of research.”- Albert Eienstein

I hesitate to call my workshops, workshops, because, they are, essentially “playshops.” The word “work” suggests restriction, labour, unpleasantness and a sense of “have to”- but I believe my classes inspire the participants through freedom, flow and creativity.

Here’s how “grown up” participants play in my classes:

1. They are able to make their own choices

2. They are able to be creative

3. They are able to exercise their curiosity

4. They are safe and supported while taking risks

5. They connect with others in a meaningful way

Play is not just for children. Simon Cowell climbs a tree everyday. A strange ritual, perhaps, but it connects him with nature, strength and a sense of play.

“Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.”- Jean Piaget

In our classes, students “try things out”. The atmosphere is so relaxed and supportive that there are no mistakes and when something wonderful happens, it is amazing.

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age.”- Aldous Huxley

Age is no barrier in these classes. So far, our oldest student has been in his eighties and his youthful spirit inspired all of us. Connect with the playful side of yourself and remember how fun it can be to think with the limitless vision of a child.

It is a happy talent to know how to play.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s amazing how quickly the “grown ups” reconnect with the part in themselves that likes to play, a part that has likely been stifled, left behind or forgotten. When you see a glint in the eye of a student who is having so much fun and connecting with their highest and truest nature, it is a beautiful thing.

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation.”- Plato

Imagine how much you can discover in each three hour “play-shop”. You learn about yourself, you learn about others.

Life must be lived as play.” Plato

In our classes, we are switched on, centred, positive and completely in the moment. You leave your troubles and worries outside- roll up your sleeves and start playing.

Classes begin next week- so contact me immediately to reserve a space in the beginners class “Acting Fundamentals” (Thursday nights 6pm at Tantrum) or “Imago Actors Studio” (Saturday Mornings 9am at Tantrum)