I recently spent a lot of time interviewing William Kentridge, one of South Africa's most well-known artists. I interviewed him and wrote the documentary for CNN's show, African Voices, while also reporting the World Cup and presenting Marketplace Africa. At the same time I was also juggling being a mother to two small children. The pace of life was "hectic," as they say here in South Africa.
As most working parents know, it's amazing how much you can fit into a day when you are busy. You work fast and smart when you have a lot to do.
Having lots to do means you get less bogged down in the small things. Just think about how little one accomplishes at work when you have no deadlines, an empty inbox and hours of unlimited time to waste?
Being busy is not just about surviving the business day and finishing tasks – William Kentridge actually finds that working at a fast pace and physically walking around his studio stimulates his creativity. Work begets art, in his case.
He told me: "I find I have to get up to a certain speed, a speed of working, of drawing, of making, to generate the ideas. In other words the physical activity of drawing, tearing, erasing filming, is what actually gets my mind active and new ideas emerging. So that means there's a lot of material that gets made, maybe too much material but if I slow down, everything slows down and I go into a kind of hibernation, physically and mentally."
Do you agree?
P.S.: Yes I did write this blog between rushing to pick up my daughter from school and shooting a story for Marketplace Africa.
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