This photo captures a moment of deep creative aliveness. In developing my Fire Dance workshop, I drew on dance, photography, film, gardening, music, directing, performance and ritual. This multi-art meeting place is where my art thrives.
– Jamie Ridler
Jamie Ridler is a creative force! From her popular Creative Living with Jamie Podcast to her inspirational Behind the Scenes vlogs, from innovative workshops to inspirational blogging, Jamie helps others bring their creativity to life! As founder of Jamie Ridler Studios, she has helped thousands of women around the world find the confidence and courage to discover and express their creative spirit, whether that means re-discovering their artistic self or bringing more of their creative capacity to their life and business. Jamie is a magic maker, a possibility awakener and a deep believer in dreams!
Jamie Ridler’s Soul Art Hall of Fame Interview
How would you describe your art?
My art loves to be expressed multi-dimensionally. My background in dance and theatre informs all I do. I create experiences. Whether I’m working on a workshop or on my photography, in the garden or on the dance floor, I’m looking for sacred moments in time that remind us of what it is to be alive and to be fully ourselves.
What are the biggest challenges you faced as an artist, and how did you overcome them?
Throughout my development as an artist I’ve often felt at odds with the whole concept of gatekeepers, people whose decisions somehow determine whether you were “good” or have “talent.” As a sensitive creative spirit (and I know I’m not alone in this!) it’s hard not to take these kinds of messages personally, on the other hand, as a fiercely independent spirit, I rebel against the mere concept of a velvet rope!
For the most part, my response has been to go it alone, to not wait until someone gave me the a-okay. I just go ahead and put on a show, throw a dance party, start a blog, create a business, make videos, record a podcast. If I want to make something, I figure out a way to create it.
What role do you feel an artist plays in our society today?
Something so important is happening in the arts right now, much of it thanks to the way we can create and share our work so easily. I believe that as artists, we are reminding one another of the creative capacity that lives within each and every one of us.
As we each awaken our creativity, the possibilities that open up for all of our lives are extraordinary.
What is most important to you as an artist?
It’s simple: to create.