Emotion vs. Craft

 

Yesterday in my filming and acting class, my professor asked us if education(civilization) teaches us how to show emotion. At first no one understood what he was asking, but after a few minutes some students gave their thoughts on the matter. My answer to this question is simply no. Emotion is never taught in the classroom. If someone tries to teach it, the only way the individual would understand is if they know how that emotion feels like.  Whether the student is learning how to draw, to write a poem,or to act, all they can be taught is the craft of the art. The definition of art, according to dictionary.com, is “the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance“. Craft is something that everyone is taught, but learning how to convey emotions in the craft to connect with the audience takes dedication, experience, and practice.  Take lyric writing as an example. Anyone can write lyrics if they chose to. Knowing the craft is of paramount, but putting the right words together to convey an expression, and connecting with your audience in an impactful way is the difference between a great song and a not so great song. So the next time you are learning an art, don’t be afraid to add your own style to it with what you’ve experienced personally. It’s what’s going to make you stand out from the rest.

Got any thoughts? Feel free to tweet me at @YourMusicDiet or @NievesReyes

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