Welcome to Beijing Sare Hirsch! I really enjoyed her poetry and talk, very informative and inspiring, and I was lucky to have a brief chat afterwards, thanks for the advice, to just keep writing and reading, I kind came to that conclusion already, but was great to have it confirmed by a successful poet, its always nice to be agreed with anyway.
Certainly I have found that by just reading a lot of poetry (I think I said this in another post, so excuse the repetition) it results the flowing out of words, more easily, this combined with not comparing myself with others, also allows me to share it more freely and learn from that, to do it, rather than just thinking about doing it.
It is an educational experience as someone trying to make a living through creativity and not quite being there yet and meeting with other creatives who are making their living mostly through their craft.
There is often that conflict between free creative expression and paid for creative expression, the line between the two seem to be more like a wall, for me at this stage in my career anyway, I have committed myself, for the next few months at least to collaborating and helping other creatives do and achieve what they want, getting paid where it seems appropriate, and trying to understand and define that line between creating for profit and creating for love, maybe they can be the same, I’m not sure but it is interesting to see where this exploration will take me, maybe it is just a matter of just keeping on making and sharing, until what we love to do become something that other people love to experience.
Thanks for reading, Sam.