One of my favorite parts of the business is working with creatives across disciplines honing their artist or vision statements. It gives me a chance to experience their passion for their work, and help them shape it into an active, engaging piece that can be used in grant applications, cover letters, on websites, in bios, in media kits, and more.
How do you get there? Especially if your interests and work have a wide range?
That’s right. Remember the kind of fun you had as a child, playing, without pressure to do or be anything specific.
Remember what excites you about your work. What makes you passionate about.
Write, or make a collage, or draw, or take a walk and mutter to yourself.
Remember the wonderful projects you worked on in the past, and what appealed to you about them.
Think ahead, to the kind of work you see in your future, what drives you there, what electrifies and astonishes you about it.
Is there a thread, a theme, that runs through it?
Much of my work is built around themes of loyalty to loved ones, breaking out of conformity/expectation boxes, and creating family, by choice as much as blood. The most exciting projects I worked on (even if I wasn’t a creator) have also contained those themes. It’s the type of work I’m drawn to when it’s created by others, and those are themes that keep coming up in my own work, in different ways.
Working on a theatre production is creating a family of choice, even for a limited time, and that’s where I spent the bulk of my professional career.
Once you recognize your themes, threads, and what stimulates you, look for active words to describe them.
The key here is “active.”
Avoid, or edit out passive. Phrases like “had been done” and “was hoping to achieve” derail you. You “did” and you “achieved.”
Keep your sentences short, active, and full of life.
Instead of using adverbs, use verbs, nouns, and adjectives.
The reader should experience your excitement with you as they’re reading. They should feel like you are in the room with them, in conversation. The words you choose vibrate with energy.
Keep the ego out, but the action in. Show, in active terms, what you’ve done and what you dream, while keeping out the narcissism.
Remember, too, that your artist/vision statement is a living part of you and your work. It grows and changes, as you do. It’s a roadmap, not a prison.
Revisit it often. Update, shape, hone. Reveal your love, show your soul.
The creativity you use in your statement both supports and informs the creativity in your work.