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SXSW 2020

Creativity Through Wholeness: Struggle Is Optional

Creativity is just one aspect of life. If the only thing that makes you happy is your art, and it’s not going well, you’ll be miserable. You’ll be a better artist when you focus on your whole life. This happens when you set goals that include relationships, money, health, living space, and creativity. It happens when you challenge the negative voice inside your head that tells you, you're not enough. And it happens when you widen your definition of success. Your creative career is not your purpose. What you love about your creative career is your purpose. That can show up every day in all areas of your life. Becoming a "Whole Artist" helped me trade desperation and clinging for gratitude and joy. Because of that, I've booked more acting jobs and have a fulfilled life outside of acting.

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  1. Diversify your "happiness portfolio," so if your art is suffering, you don't have to. Health, relationships, finances, hobbies all impact fulfillment.
  2. What you focus on is what you get. Focus on gratitude for what you have, and there will be more where that came from.
  3. Success lies in your actions, not your results. In order to build on your success, you've got to celebrate the little steps along the way.



Courtney Rioux, Actor, N/A

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Presentation
  • Track: Film & TV Industry
  • Level: Intermediate
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