Battling creative exhaustion

23 August 2019 | Columns

We have all heard this advice before - we can't continue to be productive and creative if we exhaust ourselves, or if we fail to restore our energy and our spirit.

We are slowly but surely nearing the end of the year and after so much creative work put in, it is inevitable to experience fatigue, especially as a creative. About two weeks ago I felt mentally exhausted but I still had eight pages to fill. You know, there are just those times when we are pushed to the limit, dry as a bone and creativity flees to Rundu Beach for the summer. I was in such a space two weeks ago.

This year has been eventful and has kept most of us on our toes, with sleepless nights ensuring that we create content for our beloved audiences. I am content with the work I have put in thus far and in the same light I am happy for so many Namibian creatives for the outstanding work they delivered so far. I wish I was typing this knowing that I have booked my flight ticket to an exotic destination for a short holiday but unfortunately we still have a few months to go, so I will hang in there.

The point of me touching on this matter in this column is because I have noticed that some of our artists are also experiencing mid-year fatigue. I will not mention names but some musicians who are known for delivering top-notch performances are giving us basic sets. The nature of my work requires me to be super pedantic so I easily pick up these things. I am not entirely disappointed in these artists because I understand what they are going through. My advice is for them to regulate the amount of gigs they accept. There is no point in being booked for so many events but yet, deliver mediocre performances. It does not reflect well on your brand and it might result in you actually being booked less. I get it that money from shows make up a big chunk of an artist's income so it is not going to be easy to say no to gigs. My wish for artists battling mid-year fatigue is for them to take some time off, recharge and get ready for the summer.

In this issue King Tee Dee is our cover star. I do not want to spoil anything for you, so I won't give you a brief summary of what we spoke about. There are quite a few big parties taking place this weekend including the Zambezi Night hosted by DJ Siya and the monthly Lemon and Lime – tjil brings you all these stories and more. It is a long weekend, we wish a splendid time, enjoy this week's read. Until next time, it's goodbye for now.

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