Around the Studio

The Importance of Creativity

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the importance of creativity and the power of our imaginations. I just finished reading Rising Strong by the brilliant Social Scientist, Dr. Brene Brown and I’m currently reading Big Magic by the wonderful Elizabeth Gilbert. Both of these women have inspired me to further my believe in the power of owning our creativity.

The most powerful lesson I have discovered in this search is that ALL humans are born creatives. Every achievement in this world is because we had the ability to use our imagination to do so!

Creativity is something that lives deep in our soul. This is why children’s imaginations are ripe and full of magical things! They’re actually in the process of developing their creativity tool. I believe it’s extremely important that we spend time nurturing this quality and providing a safe place for children’s imaginations to soar.

To share things you’ve created with the world is vulnerable and extremely scary ( I get intimidated writing a small blog post ) but it’s what we must do if we want live a wholehearted life. Yes, it’s scary but what’s our alternative? Dr. Brene Brown says, “Unused creativity is not benign—it metastasizes. It turns into grief, rage, judgement, sorrow, shame.” This is why it’s so important that all of us grow up trusting our inner creative.

Everyday I fall more in love with my work because I’m upstanding how important a theater school centered on imagination and creativity can be. It might appear as simply “make believe time” but it’s the freedom of play and time spent nurturing self expression that will help children grow up believing in their creative self worth. I believe it’s time we start educating not only our children’s minds but their hearts and watch creativity change our world!

Love,

Miss Brooke

“The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity.” - Dr. Brene Brown

Showing Up!

Our one year anniversary is approaching and I would like to take a moment to reflect on all the major changes that have happened in my life this year; not only with The Rabbit Hole but in my personal life as well. Opening a business is by far one of the most challenging things I have ever done. And, what I find to be the most challenging is getting out of my own way. I tend to want to control the outcome of everything. I’ll be standing in the middle of this GIANT TO-DO list, that, for the most part seems to be made up of unachievable goals and it takes everything inside me to not give up.

This past year, I have had to spend time looking deep within myself to create a set of tools that allow me to believe that I am strong enough for this. Here is what I have come to realize: I am most successful when I approach creating a business in the same manner I approach my art. When I try and force innovation and creativity to come, I am left with nothing but this angry voice inside my head beating myself up. It reminds me of the moment right before I have gone on stage to perform and think to myself, “What if I’m not good enough?” But, then I have to remember to stay true to my ART and let go of the outcome. When I choose to step out of my comfort zone and walk through the unknown, Rabbit Hole really blossoms. Even if it wasn’t my best performance or workshop, I have learned that putting myself out there leads to personal and professional growth. And, I think in the end I learn more from my failures then I do from my wins.

Also, I have learned to know when to ask for help. Sometimes, I find that I will shame myself for not having all the answers. Today I realize that when I push myself to connect with others and pick their brains, I usually find that spark I was searching for all along.

It is walking through my vulnerability that leads to my strength. This isn’t something that is easy for me and I have to work on it every single day, in every aspect of my life. It feels very vulnerable to have your heart out there but I know I must show up and let myself be deeply seen in order to have the company and life I deserve. And, I’m learning that every time I choose to step out of my comfort zone and travel down the unpaved road, I end up finding all the the innovation and creativity I need.

So, cheers to another meaningful year traveling down The Rabbit Hole! I’m excited for this next chapter!

Peace and Love, Brooke!

Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.

   

Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Creativity

I’ve been thinking a lot about my childhood and what my life would have looked like if I hadn’t walked into a theater class. I’ve always been someone who lived inside their imagination and I was extremely lucky to find an outlet where using this part of your intellect is celebrated. I worry that children today are being pushed out of their creativity and I believe part of my calling in life is to inspire a new generation of theater lovers.

Whenever I tell someone that I’m an actor they usually respond with a story from a time in their life when they were involved in a play. Being brave enough to walk out on stage is something that stays with you for the rest of your life. I believe it’s essential to inspire children to keep their imagination alive and it's my mission to spark young artists to fall in love with the magic of theater.

Warmly, Brooke!