Life of Art: Scot Moore

Wow – interview three already? Now we’re cookin’ with gas! Please welcome Scot Moore to château Voix!

Who are you and where is “here” for you right now? Please include what do you do to keep food in your belly and a roof over your head.

Scot Moore.  For me, the physical “here” is Minneapolis.  The metaphorical “here” is… progressing.  I work a customer service job in the financial industry to pay bills and have benefits.

What is your creative practice and what have you learned from it?

This is serious business, people.

I’m a writer and an actor.  As I’m currently on hiatus from acting, though, I prefer to focus on the writing.  I’ve learned I have a voice and something to say.  I’ve also learned to invest in a decent wrist brace.

Where do you find inspiration?

Most commonly, I find inspiration in the things that piss me off.  I’ve learned that taking those issues head-on results in mediocre material, though, so I’ve also been inspired by people like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert who are able to see these things through satire.  Moderating the approach to the material (taking your own viewpoint out of the equation) consistently results in a better product.

How do you overcome the creative barriers you encounter?

It depends.  My preferred method is to ruminate on the issue until the solution presents itself.  However, in the instances where it doesn’t or when I’m on a deadline I simply go with the first logical solution and see where it takes me.  Many times, just having a solution out there leads me to a better one.

How do you regenerate when feeling artistically depleted?

I do something else for a while.  I’ll pull out my guitar and practice for a few days or so, which benefits me in multiple ways.  I get better at guitar and my brain is forced back into a learning mode.  I also will take a few days off and just refuse to think about it.

What does success look like to you?

Feedback.  I mean, ideally, success would look like a bestseller and $1M, but for now it’s feedback.  I like when people are interested enough to provide feedback.  When I get consistent feedback that something is coming across as something other than I intended, I’m truly grateful to those who provided it to me.

What do you want people to know about you and your work?

I take the work seriously, but not myself.  I’ll spend all night trying to pound out the right words, but if I can’t take feedback and listen to others, my material can only be so good.  If I take myself too seriously and don’t leave room for improvement then I’ll miss opportunities to make it better.  Also, I’m a Scorpio and like long walks around the lakes.

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Many thanks to Scot for his answers. His website is http://www.scotmoore.net/ and he’s directing a show for Freshwater Theater!  The Book of Liz opens on September 10.

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