The Joy of Resonance and the Art of Flow
This is my second interview in my series on "Entrepreneurship and Artists: Like Fine Wine."
As mentioned in my previous post/interview, I do believe that great artists and entrepreneurs get better with age. Kinda like fine wine.
The amount of wisdom accumulated along the entrepreneurial road is invaluable, as well as the intimate soul journey that most grow to deeply appreciate. Artists embrace the entire journey and can find the immense beauty in life.
One of my favorite quotes is by Henry David Thoreau, which I mentioned in a previous blog series a while back:
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment." ― Henry David Thoreau
This quote is the perfect beginning for my interview with Colleen Wilcox. Colleen is an amazing surf, tropical, nature, ocean inspired artist based out of Honolulu, Hawaii. She is amazingly talented, extremely humble, and is filled with grace, joy, and presence! Her life and art reflect the beauty of moments. It is a real pleasure for me to interview her and have her a part of this series. Hope you enjoy!
Me: Two of my favorite words are 'flow' and 'resonance.' In your art you create such amazing movement and energy, and your art exemplifies perfectly 'flow,' and no doubt resonates with many! As you create movement and energy in your art, how do you create movement and energy in your business and other aspects of your life?
Colleen: Ideally I want to be in the flow all the time, and that is what I am going for. There are different elements to get in the zone and flow. The place where I am better at this is in my art. When I am in my studio and painting with my headphones, I can be in the right mindset and allow flow to take place. In everyday life, interacting with people, this can be more challenging, so I do try and apply the tools I have to rebalance, reset, and refresh.
How one does anything, is how one does everything! I believe all entrepreneurs and artists aspire to live their lives in the 'art of flow,' and to live in the harmony and resonance of life. They acquire tools along the way and implement what works for them, into other areas of their life. The flow state is where it is at!
Me: For people like us, who are keenly aware of the amount of time, energy, and life force one expends during each day, we have to be quite intentional on how we spend and invest energy. How do you remain so focused on your vision as an artist and how do you choose and prioritize projects?
Colleen: I go with the feeling first. If it feels good and I am excited about it, and then if I like the people, it is usually a great project. I have learned over the years in making some mistakes, what to look for, and I now know 'red flags.'
The triple threat in entrepreneurial and artistic endeavors is, in my opinion, what Colleen shares. Go with the feeling first, then reflect on the level of excitement. If the people are a good fit too, then that is the winning combo!
Me: How do you personally deal with hardships and setbacks? I know you went through a period of soul searching a while ago. What did that look like and how were you able to move through it? I think many go through deep periods of soul searching, some for short periods of time, and some for longer periods of time. What did those years look like before you took the plunge into becoming a full time artist?
Colleen: During that time, I was really searching. People had been telling me since I was a kid that I was good at art. Looking for those things that you were always naturally inclined, is a great thing to do when considering a career. It was during that time, that I decided to go towards my strengths. I researched people who had their own business and sought out some examples, specifically, of those doing art on the island. I also read and watched a lot of videos. Fifteen years ago, the internet was not as robust and there was no social media.
Me: What advice would you give younger women specifically, who are just starting out in their careers and artistic/entrepreneurial endeavors, that are gifted in the arts and creativity? Those who love to paint, draw, photograph and have a real God given talent for these things? (as well as passion)
Colleen: Make sure they are passionate about what they are doing, as this will carry them through any setbacks. This is the glue that holds everything together. It is important to not give up. It is important to focus on one's strengths and gifts, and to not ever do it for superficial reasons.
Any type of 'success' leaves clues. We all learn as we go and can also learn from others who have been on a similar journey. It is indeed a process. Being able to focus on one's strengths, gifts, talents, and persevering through setbacks make for a rich and fulfilling journey.
Me: Let's talk a bit about one of my favorite topics, introverts! You and I are both a bit introverted, and as I mentioned in my previous interview/blog post, introverts in general, can be quite confusing to others How do you balance being an introvert and being 'out there' with associates, colleagues, and clients?
Colleen: I think there are blends of introverts/extroverts. I think those who can deeply connect in person and be social, do the best They are able to interact well with clients/customers. I balance the introvert/extrovert blend, with being sure that I have enough alone time and quiet time while staying away from groups/crowds when I need to recharge.
I agree with Colleen 150%. The introvert/extrovert scale can be seen as a blend or spectrum. Somewhere in the middle, is possibly the sweet spot, where most successful and grounded artists and entrepreneurs live. The 'alone time' and 'quiet time' seems to be most important for the recharging and grounding that they desire.
My Final Takeaway:
Entrepreneurs and artists are, at their core creators, and they live to create. The amount of time and life force energy it takes to forge a path unique to one's own vision, is in my option, one of the great adventures of life.
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