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As an actor, author of the recent book, UNTITLED: Thoughts on the Creative Process, and creative director at Willow Creek Community Church, Blaine is a maker of things. He lives with his wife, Margaret, and their daughter, Ruby, just outside of Chicago.
Echo Conference | Session 6 | Blaine Hogan
“You Are Not a Tool: An Artist’s Guide for Staying Human”
Utility is greater than art.
We have started to feel like a machine, because we’ve been working this way for so long
Sometimes it seems we would rather be tools than be humans
How do we live in the midst of these tensions and questions?
It’s not about creating better art; it’s about creating a better human
If being an artist is regaining our interiority, how do we do this?
Relax & Breathe
We don’t believe God is in this place, or help us make this world
We just feel we have to do it ourselves
How many of us sit in our offices and sing “I’m sure if I sit here, God will give me an idea”?
The Bible is ripe with “Relax and Breathe” ideas
If the artist doesn’t lead in relaxing and breathing, who will?
Embrace the Obstacles
“What would people say if I went on SNL wearing a red suit?” – P.Diddy
“If I had never had this obstacle, I wouldn’t have had this great idea”
We fight, we whine, we complain, because our idea’s better in our opinion.
Do we see obstacles as mysteries to be solved or battles to be won?
From the Inside Out
What is God doing in me? How does he want to use that to speak to the community?
I see my art as a confession.
“You can’t take anyone farther than you have gone yourself”
Every week you’re inviting your congregation to the deepest, darkest places of themselves
Unless you lead, I don’t know if you have any business speaking the Gospel
You Must Need it More Than They Do
“Our communities need (THIS)”, rather than connecting it with ourselves
I need the Gospel more than they do
Whatever it is you put your hand to day in and day out; you need more than they do
Name it first, before you point it out somewhere else
“You have to know the final climactic scene first” Donald Miller
If we’re going to try to make things that function more as art than utility, we must ask ourselves, “What is this really doing?”
The product is not the art. The art is the process
The work that we make will inherently be better if we choose to be better humans