In ancient Greece or Rome, if you needed to write or indulge in any creative act and you were stuck, you wouldn’t bitch about it on social media. In the absence of Facebook, they had something better – they had the Nine Muses.
All nine were the daughters of Zeus, the kind of Gods, and Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory. Not bad if you think about it – who would you rather call upon, a creative coach from San Jose or the nine daughters of Zeus?
We actors would call upon Melpomene, the Muse of Tragedy, and Thalia, the Muse of Comedy. And we would invoke them through a poem written for such an invocation.
Here’s an idea. Write this poem or invocation. Who do you find yourself appealing to? Is it the Gods of show business? Is it your own creative force? Or is it your own understanding of God? Or is it Melpomene and Thalis?
It’s important to know this because you may need to redefine your Muse. Is it a benevolent, loving force, or one full of judgment? Is it a force that cares about the creative act or just about the money that may reward it?
At the end of the day, we are all here to make something. And if we’re to make anything of value, the process will be arduous and frustrating. So we need help. Getting the help will not bring you shame, but glory. Because when you reach out you will join a line of life long artists who have been calling upon the Muses since time immemorial. And in doing so, you will raise the stakes, taking the battle from the mundane to the sublime.