I enjoy spending time with creative people.
I suppose it can be said that we are all creative to a degree in that we all can do a bit of problem-solving if we take a little time to think about it. Inventors are creative, teachers at all levels are creative and without their dedication, our world would be far different.
What I am talking about are people who create things that drive our emotions.
Writers, producers and performers of music, plays and movies — you know, all the things that make us smile, laugh, dance or even cry. People who spend their time creating those things have a great impact on all our lives.
I recently went to the theater to watch “Art of Racing in the Rain.” I’ll not spoil it for you, but if you have a four-legged family member don’t be surprised if you face leaks a bit. On that day no one in the theater rushed out prior to the roll of credits. I was surrounded by the sound of people gathering their composure with sniffles and ruffling sounds of retrieving a tissue.
As soon as I walked out of the theater, I called to check on my four-legged friend, he was fine and so was I.
Creative people made that happen.
On the following day, I had the chance to meet Woody Williams, better known by many as the Funky Geezer. He had his art set up at The Common Market in the Plaza Midwood area of Charlotte. He was there with fellow artist Chris Hood. Chris introduced me to Woody.
Woody joined the Army in the late ‘60s and of all things he was a sign painter and when he got out of the Army, he pursued a carrier using his creative talents. At the age of 60, Woody retired from his 9 to 5 job and as he said, “I started having fun with life.”
He has few creative limits. He is a songwriter, singer, performer and painter. He follows his passion and has a lot of fun doing it. He made his way to America’s Got Talent; he has a substantial following and you’d likely not forget him if you met him.
The following week, I made my way to historic Conway for the tapping of two new show segments.
One of the productions is part of our Carolinas Theatre Trail segment series. As part of the segment, I spoke with Myrtle Beach-born Cameron Adams. She now lives in New York City. The doors of Broadway opened for Cameron when she was a teenager. Her talent and commitment to her craft are evident in that she now has more than 12 Broadway shows to her credit.
While on vacation back home in Myrtle Beach, Cameron had a one night only show at the Theatre of the Republic as part of their 50-year celebration.
This was the first time Cameron performed at the theater; however, her mother had been the theater’s dance choreography for many years.
Tim McGehee has been the executive and artistic director for 20 years; he had many stories to share about the power of theater to transform a young, shy person into someone with confidence.
So, as it turns out, it’s a good thing to step outside our shells and share a bit of our creative side with the world.
Sing your song and dance your dance, friends. Or, at the very least, go to a movie and have a good cry. It makes us better people.