Were You Born Creative?
I’m still trying to make up my mind about whether creativity is something you’re born with or something you learn.
As a vocalist, I know that performing at a professional level requires natural vocal talent. Training and experience can help a singer learn to better use their vocal instrument — but it still comes down to natural talent, plus training and practice.
In her book, The Creative Habit, choreographer Twyla Tharp believes:
“Creativity is not a gift from the gods, bestowed by some divine and mystical spark. It is the product of preparation and effort, and it’s within reach of everyone who wants to achieve it. All it takes is the willingness to make creativity a habit, an integral part of your life.”
I’m not sure I buy her argument, because I don’t think preparation and effort alone can beat talent. Prepare all you want, and give it your best effort, but if you don’t have the “chops” — natural talent and ability — you need to find another line of work.
Look at the thousands of singers who audition every season for a shot at stardom. Effort alone will never make them the next American Idol, or winner of The X Factor or The Voice!
So, isn’t creativity just the combination of natural ability + preparation + effort?
What you think?