Questing for Passion

Questing for Passion

by Rasmus Rasmussen on July 29, 2010

What do you do if you are a creative person, but you don’t know what your passion is? This question came to me from Jenipher. I replied briefly: keep looking and trying things, but I also got inspired to write something a little more detailed.

For me, the answer was to analyze and combine interests. Most creative people have more than one outlet – a combination of skills. I’m no scientist, but I’m not grabbing this out of thin air either. I look at myself and my wife both, and that’s pretty much the recipe for how we did it. In my own case, I took writing, photography, making music and playing with video and asked, what do my interests have in common? That question took a few years to answer, even if it now seems quite simple: they all are ways of telling a story.

But where do I go from there? This is the passion bit where everything magically comes together, the lightbulb goes off and there’s a little ding-sound.

Passion is a state of mind. The word itself can be interpreted in a number of ways but I choose Merriam-Webster’s 4.b description of it as an intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction.

Getting there is about creating an inspirational explosion, resulting in a state of passion. Telltale signs that this state has been reached include lots of ideas, heart palpitations, sweaty palms and giddy behavior. Combine the things you love doing in new ways, suck up fresh knowledge and weed out elements that don’t play well with others. Repeat until a pattern begins to form, then re-focus. Hard work and failure is part of this process. You might need many failed experiments to find the right combination.

I ended up focusing mostly on a mix of writing and photography to create Another Passion. That doesn’t mean that I’ve lost all interest in video and music, or that I don’t have projects outside the realm of Another Passion, just that those take a back seat to the main attraction.

Finding a passion, as in something that lights the fire inside you, won’t necessarily make you rich or get you laid – but it will make your work focused, of higher quality and easier to finish.

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Joel Bagby July 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Rasmus,
Thank you for another insightful foray into the often confusing realm of the innermost workings of the artistic soul. Without passion there is existence, even perhaps a sense of purpose, but you can’t really call it life.
We need that thing that makes us a little crazy.

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Rasmus Rasmussen July 30, 2010 at 12:53 am

Joel, I agree – a little crazy is not such a bad thing. Everything in moderation, right?

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Cristie August 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Wow! Ras, you hit a home run with this…The birth of ideas and creative passion can lay dorment for years…as was the case with me. My work in the business world serves a purpose of paying the bills…but has been a big “snooze”…when I finally “woke up” after the financial bubble burst…It lit a fire in me…and finding Kelly after all these years…and meeting you…It just is all part of the plan…a very Happy Plan. I am excited to follow you with Another Passion…it is truly inspiring.

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