Practicing My Practice

SHE SAID NOTES #8

Harvard’s Project Zero is an educational research endeavour that looks at the benefits of “Maker Education”—essentially teaching young people about science and engineering as they build cool things with garbage! An idea that underscores their take on Maker Education is the necessity for failure—rapid iterations of failure to be exact… meaning do it again and again and every time it does NOT work, learn from what went wrong and start again. And if one’s artistic sensibilities are rubbed a little raw with the use of a term like “failure,” another equally useful metaphor to highlight the importance of practice is the yogic necessity of holding a pose. The process of holding the pose—breathing through the discomfort—allows for a deeper pose and practice all around. We have entitled this issue of She Said Notes “Practicing My Practice” because we think Harvard and Yogis might be on to something. To guide us through the ups and downs of practicing their creative practice, we look to two different kinds of artists: the educational expertise of Michelle Sengara, founder of The Alina Group, and the writer Julia Lederer.

Creative Tip

As I’ve personally cold-called into every company I’ve ever worked for, I can say that for every success, I’ve gotten rejected and have failed 100 times. Failure is a positive step towards success, and not a step back. To quote Michael Jordan: “I have failed over and over again. And that is why I succeed.” (David Stern: entertainment lawyer)

 

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