Ethan Hawke's TED Talk on Creativity is a Must-See for Filmmakers

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Creativity is free and Ethan Hawke wants to tell you how to tap into it.

If you're struggling to find ways to express your creativity... or even struggling to find any creativity to express in the first place, you might want to take some advice from one individual who is not only a mighty force in the film industry but also a TED alum.

In his recent TED Talk, Ethan Hawke, who recently starred in Michael Almereyda's biopic Tesla, examines how courageous expression promotes healing and connection, and invites you to discover your own unabashed creativity. "There is no path 'til you walk it," he says.

When you're young, creativity flourishes and is unhindered by walls of life experience. A child's imagination is almost unfettered by the laws of logic. It's what makes them such a joy to watch, and probably why there are so many sites dedicated to "crazy things kids say to their parents." They are not worried about what people will think or if they're right or wrong. They're just having fun the only way they know how. 

As creators, it can be difficult to recapture the imagination of your youth, but as Hawke suggests, it's important to give yourself permission to be creative. To start a dialogue with those around you that opens up the door to do something different. Being creative is more than just brainstorming, it's a way to connect with one another. As Hawke says, "You have to express yourself. And to express yourself you have to know yourself." 

What other things have you stumbled upon that inspired creativity? Share them with other readers in the comments below.      

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cuộc đời là bể khổ

August 17, 2020 at 12:14AM

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This was fantastic and validating

August 19, 2020 at 5:42AM, Edited August 19, 5:42AM

Aaron Harper
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To me, that's just a guy telling the same clichéd story every goddamn motivator has been telling for the past, what ? Fifty years ?

I don't see Ethan Hawke as an authority on anything.

August 20, 2020 at 10:44AM


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August 20, 2020 at 7:10PM

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phật pháp vô biên

August 21, 2020 at 3:27AM

You voted '+1'.
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