be a beginner, for ever


I had to create a newTV soap. I'd neverdone anything like
that before. Iwasan artist, a painter, yet here Ifound myself,
standing in front of thirty TV professionals. They were look
ing at me impatiently and expectantly.
I didn't know what I was in for when I accepted the job.
The Dubai TV station had asked me to deliver creative
workshops that I had developed for my students at
Central Saint Martins. CSM made them available to a
wider audience. The TV station flew me to Dubai and
showered me with luxury: a room in the Dubai Hilton, a
driver and limo, expenses, the works. I felt obligated to
them and had prepared thoroughly. I didn't want to go
all that way and discover I'd left out something
important.
They had rented a conference room in a five-star hotel for
me to deliver my workshop. As I was led in to meet the
production team, the manager turned to meand said, 'Oh,
bythe way, instead of the workshops, we'd like you to help
us create a new soap based in Dubai.' It was a bombshell.
Mypreparation was wasted.
I stood in front of the eager production team. The room
oozed wealth and opulence; embroidered tablecloths,
ornate chairs and hi-tech screens everywhere. I felt ill at
ease. I was used to art studios with paint spatters on the
walls, barefloors and a placewhereyoucouldmakemistakes
with freedom. Igavea short talk about myself; in reality Iwas
stalling for time, trying to work out what to do. I knew I
couldn't produce anything creative in the room, yet they'd
spent a fortune on it. I'd have to disrupt it. To the dismay of
the hotel staff, I made them move all the tables and chairs
out. I didn't want everyone sitting down feeling relaxed.
With the room empty, Ifelt better. Itwas like a blank canvas
to an artist or blank sheet of paper to a writer. They all
looked irritated, though.
The TV station were struggling to create a new soapopera
because their ideas were predictable and dull. They
wanted me to resurrect them. I said it would be easier to
scrap their ideas and start fresh. Better to think new ideas
than waste time trying to salvage old ones. They were
annoyed by this.
be a beginner, for ever be a beginner, for ever Reviewed by Jose Binda on avril 26, 2018 Rating: 5

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