Don’t Underestimate Your Imagination

March 10, 2012

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” –Albert Einstein

Your imagination is an extremely valuable commodity. It’s imagination that gives birth to freedom of mind, questioning, experimenting creativity, and discovery. When you consider the technology sector over the last decade, the creation of softwares, hardwares, and websites are clear evidence of people’s active imaginations. More than the technology, the imagination is the real champion here, creating unprecedented breakthroughs in countless areas of life. Without imagination, we stagnate, and the result is unoriginality as well as lack of innovation.

We are all born with a blueprint to be creative. But our challenge is to maintain this innate playfulness as we grow older because the adult world calls for us to become more practical and rational. Fortunately, as actors, you’ve entered into a field that encourages play. Your career requires you to put on costumes, make-up, masks, wigs–and pretend! Like a muscle, your work as an actor exercises your imagination, and keeps you daring to express yourself as boldly and undeterred as children do.

Creativity is squashed around harsh criticism, as well as our personal insecurities. In either instance, don’t underestimate your creative potential. Actors, artists, writers, and musicians have an edge on the future marketplace, which is calling for new ideas. Only imagination can remove the limits of conventional thought. You may be a regular sort of person, but when you use your imagination to the fullest, you create endless possibilities for your character, your art, your career, and your life.

Famous for his films Mission: Impossible films, Star Trek, and Cloverfield, producer, screenwriter, director, actor, and composer J. J. Abrams insists, “In whatever it is that I do, I find myself drawn to infinite possibility, that sense of potential.” Click here to hear J.J. Abrams talk about sources of inspiration in his own career. We hope it will inspire you to unleash your own imagination and let your creativity soar.