Chris' Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Central Route

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 2

  • ON DVD:

CHRIS WINK

Creator
Blue Man Group

“I think ‘achievement’ is way overrated, I really do. It's not a source of happiness.”

INTERESTS:

Acting & Theatre Music

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Passion Fulfillment Success Individualism Money & Financial Security Pressure Negativity Fear Struggle

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

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

BIOGRAPHY:

  • 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.

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