Chris' Open Road
To Get Off The Path Is To Die (0:52)
Achievement Is Overrated (1:01)
Escape Pressure (1:04)
Becoming A Performance Artist (0:13)
Came Out Of Passion (0:11)
Success Is Relative (0:06)
New York, NY
Public Television: Season 2
Blue Man Group
achievement, beginning, blue man group, clarity, creativity, discouragement, drumming, drums, follow your bliss, going through the motions, happiness, late bloomer, learning, liberal arts, logic, money, noise, paradox, performances, prep school
- Says he didn’t know exactly what he wanted to do in college because he had such a wide variety of interests.
- Considers himself a “late bloomer,” had never been singled out as a “creative person,” had to figure it out on his own.
- Felt like he would’ve been a good “Renaissance man,” but the pressure today is “pick one thing and do it.”
- After college, felt immense pressure to make money, started thinking of taking jobs that would’ve taken him “off of his bliss path.”
- Heard Joseph Campbell say that every myth can be boiled down to one message: “follow your bliss.”
- Hadn’t been told that before; remembered telling a prep school teacher that he wanted to play drums, was told it’d be a poor use of his education.
- Doesn’t count his awards, pay as his “success,” says he became “successful” the day the Blue Man Group started doing their performance art.
- Stresses that doing the work you love every day is what pays off, not grand achievements or money; those things lose their shine quickly.