The Takeaway: Creativity is Ageless; Requires Generosity
Living What’s Next
The creative energy of youth may be a reminder of the inherent enthusiasm for a life filled
with wide-open possibility that we all possess. Yet a mature creative individual reminds us
that rich, generative moments are possible at any time in life. Youth may feel entitled to the
richness and drama of romping in the world; but age allows us to savor, digest, and
appreciate the adventure and connectivity of moments that remind us that we are
orchestrating a life together. Creativity is everyone’s birthright and is not the sole domain of
one generation or at the expense of another. We are interdependently connected.
Many of the freelancers involved with The Migrant Creative are already moving or thinking
about their next project and that is one of the many advantageous of working freelance.
The also are able to conjure many of their own projects and bring them to fruition. “Living
the next” is about the ability to combine possibility with down-to-earth pragmatism that
allows them to create interesting work. All of these project participants mix up their
personal and professional interests and sometimes combine them as in the case with Carol
Beck’s documentary involvement with the Emory-Tibet Partnership. A future project Carol
has in mind includes going back to Russia:
I did a project in the Soviet Union 20 years ago, I was the first American in a
basically a closed city in Russia. I was teaching at an institute in 1991. So next year
is the 20th anniversary. I’m thinking about digging all that old footage out and finding
many of the people that I interviewed. The Soviet Union – now Russia – has been
through tremendous change and upheaval in the last twenty years. It’s from a very
intimate, personal level.
The initial theatrical piece that Marc Jaffe, a comedy writer, discussed last year has now
mushroomed and expanded its venue to more cities. The play he co-wrote with Eric
Coble, Side Effects May Include, is now being staged to bring awareness to Parkinson’s
disease. In conjunction with his wife Karen, their foundation Shaking With Laughter, is
raising money for Parkinson’s disease research (http://www.shakingwithlaughter.org/).
When he started last year, his first play received standing ovations at each of its sold-out
performances and raised over $20,000. A year later Marc and Karen have raised $174,602