We see life through our own lens — it’s what makes you uniquely you. When we are faced with a challenge, situation or piece of news, we react and respond on built reflexes. Our brain trains like every other muscle in the body and our emotional and intellectual lens focuses. We form our perspective.
We can use our perspective in creativity and storytelling — it is what we are hired for as directors. Also referred to as the ‘director’s vision,’ it is a response to the story and a filter in which the ideas run through. We must be confident and honest with our vision and ask ourselves; What we bring to the story? How does it speak to us? What themes are important? And how will we express them? The same story can be told in many ways by different storytellers. Our perspective is the stamp on our work.
But we must learn and develop, if we don’t our perspective will never change. We need to be curious and open to perspective shifts. This does not mean you should take on other peoples ideals and values — this is you challenging yourself and developing your view of the world. Be curious to what other people see through their lens. How do they see the world? Ask questions, be inquisitive and your perspective will widen as will your capacity to understand and tell stories.