We are all creative. 
Taking this belief as a given, I started this site with a curiosity I needed to satiate.

Shot from Creative Life ‘failures and breakthrough’ event in 2015. Featuring producer Liz Levine, author Raziel Reid, and director Matthew Kowalchuk Photo credit: Sansitny Ruth

When I first moved to Vancouver, BC (from Sackville, NS) I was overwhelmed by the largeness of the creative industry, and how small my voice felt in comparison. I felt disempowered by my creativity. I was afraid that my creative output didn’t matter. This fear was strong enough to stop me from participating… or when I did participate, doing so as a scream from the peripheral landscape I was sure I encompassed. I didn’t think I was a welcome part of the conversation.

“See me! Notice me! Validate my voice!” (a scream)
versus
“I’d like to invite you to join me in my inner world; in my imagination. I have something I’d like to say.”

There is a difference.

Every voice is valuable, but when we create, and live, from a place of fear and a belief in our own exclusion, we’re missing the opportunity to contribute to the tapestry of voices as ourselves.

I can’t put it better than playwright Marsha Norman did in her keynote speech for the Kentucky Arts Council 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference – Connections in the Arts (December 8, 1995):

“Art saves people. It saves us from our singularity, from our separateness. Art both documents our differences and saves us from them. Art is how a culture records its life, how it poses questions to the next generation, and how it is remembered.”

The conversations and stories shared on this site are about the creative soul. They are the true experiences of creatives with their own creative impulse, and they are the private (made public) reflections on what creativity feels like on a very personal level.

The mission of Creative Life is creative empowerment. 
I’m a creative. You’re a creative. You’re not alone and neither am I. So let’s support each other; recognizing that every voice is valuable, and just as one voice hidden and tucked away is a tremendous loss, one voice shared can be everything.

So… Let’s start with this question: What does the creative impulse feel like to you?


Who runs this blog?

My name is Christine Bissonnette, and I am a spoken word artist, writer, and actor originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. Now, I live in Vancouver, BC. As a creative, I’m interested in voice, perfectionism, and the parts of growth that don’t follow a list.

You can learn more about me by clicking here.