Ricky Gervais on Creativity

by Lindy

Comedian Ricky Gervais recently talked about his love for expressing his creativity online in his blog post: The Internet is my Playground.

“Scientific studies of creativity have basically concluded that it can’t be taught, as it is a “facility” rather than a learned skill. Putting it very crudely, creativity is the ability to play. And, to be able to turn that facility on and off when necessary. This makes perfect sense to me. Everything I’ve ever written, created or discovered artistically has come out of playing.”

“The answer is simple. Never grow up. I don’t mean don’t become an adult with responsibility and the weight of the world on your shoulders. I simply mean if you’re writing or directing give yourself enough time to play. Play the fool. Goad. Shock. Laugh. Trip over something that isn’t there. Try something. And never be afraid to fail. That failure is useful too. It’s just another building block.” – Ricky Gervais

I’ve seen some of Ricky Gervais’ You Tube videos as well as read his tweets and he always cracks me up. His boisterous laugh is irresistible and contagious! Here’s a video he made with Karl Pilkington to teach English; encouraging others to take the video and add their own language subtitles and re-post it to their channel. (I saw it in Norwegian months ago but now I can’t find it.)

I share a similar philosophy of ‘playing online’ for my own amusement but I admire his limitless boundaries for creativity and ability to surprise.

More about Ricky Gervais

P.S. As a side note, I created this post to test out the WordPress app on my phone. It sucks. I don’t recommend it. I had to go back to the computer to make it do all the things I needed it to do. You would be better served using WordPress on your phone’s web browser. You’re welcome!


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