People sometimes get wary of the idea that you put your soul into any project. I guess they worry that this means that you’re not going to have any soul left if you give it all the way in any project. I always like to say that souls do not divide: they multiply. You have an infinite amount of ‘soul’ to give in any project, and that’s what I try to do with all of my projects.
Some people roll their eyes when other people say that. I just like to tell them that they don’t have any soul and they’re jealous as a result. Of course, it goes deeper than that. These are the kind of people who are basically afraid of how they feel and they’re really threatened by the confidence of others. They want everyone to be as uptight and emotionally stingy as they are, and they’re really threatened by all of the people who aren’t. It’s difficult for people to break out of this. You start to define yourself by being the kind of person who does not emotionally react to anything and you start to get stuck in that mode of operation. However, it is still possible for people to try something different and to actually be willing to give themselves to the world.
Being emotionally stingy basically means that you’re keeping everything to yourself. You have to be willing to give it to other people. For me, that’s what putting my soul into a project is like. It’s about actually being willing to give things to other people. It’s about recognizing that other people will want a part of you and that you have a lot to give. It’s also about not being afraid of what you have and what you have to give.
There’s a certain vulnerability in doing that, and that is why people who do it are actually brave, unlike the emotionally stingy individuals who are constantly guarded. These are the people who really are not brave, and these are the people who are trying to avoid risk at all costs. If you can manage to get past all of the biases that they put forth, you’re going to be that much more likely to create art that people like.
Art that has no soul is obvious. People can usually recognize it right away. They’re going to see it for themselves as the sort of flat machine-produced art that it is. You need to take a risk when you offer your art to the world and if you do, the world is going to thank you for it.