Hi and welcome to the sixth episode of The Spark & The Art podcast. I’m your host Tucker.
In this episode my guest was more prepared than I was. He had a sheet of talking points and a glass of water. (I need to learn to be a better host and start bringing water for people) Along with being more prepared he is also more charming and has a better accent. Mostly because mine’s plain old Canadian and and his all lovely and British.
JJ (John Johnston) is a Business Analyst by day and an Improv Actor by night. I don’t know if it’s every night, probably not he has a family to spend time with too. I mean really it could be afternoons or weekends it doesn’t specifically have to be evenings … JJ is a Business Analyst by day and an Improv Actor when ever he feels like it.
We talk about the importance of constraints on the creative process, the similarities between performing and software design. He tells a lovely story of taking theatre with Kevin McKidd from Grey’s Anatomy. Which leads to a discussion of why some people can start in the same place and wind up on very different paths.
Then he ends on this great quote “I will never regret never being an actor. What I would regret is never doing another performance.” That I think sums up creative work for me. You shouldn’t regret not getting a gallery showing, you should regret never painting. You shouldn’t regret never getting a song in the top 10, you should regret never writing your song. You shouldn’t regret not selling any books, you should regret not writing it.