Lady Gaga revealed a bit about her creative process during a recent interview with Oprah. She views her larger journey as a long hallway with wooden doors. The open doors lead to albums she already created. Looking forward down the hall, she can see the next door, but it’s closed and she must try to open it.
Only to get there and to open the door is a journey in itself. It’s not just walking up to the door and turning the knob. There is a process to it. One of the things she does to nurture her creativity is to tune everything out, turning the volume down on the ‘noise’ of everyday life, so she can better receive inspirations. Within her creative cocoon, she is able to struggle with that task of marrying the material with the divine.
In her words figuring out how to open the next wooden door is like reaching for hammers, banging on the walls, and looking for where the machine guns are (her creative process is apparently more violent than mine). Finally, one day she knocks and the door is opened to her. The light floods in from behind the door and finally she can breathe a sigh of relief.
Thankfully, she doesn’t keep her newfound treasures to herself. She writes and performs the music so we all can share in the journey with her. Thank you Lady Gaga for sharing.
What is your creative process and how do you best express your gifts? I’d love to hear about it.