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Follow Your I.G.C

Marie Cisco

Trust your I.G.C

Pursuing a career in the arts can be an emotional roller coaster with its fair amount of ebbs and flows. There is a certain amount of resilience, determination, and sitting still that goes into making this dream of living free in your art a reality. After only two days of classes at Columbia, I feel completely overwhelmed and invigorated by the change that has already taken place and the transformation to come.As I mature in my field and my body, I have come to realize more and more that there is an inner compass that is constantly guiding us along this journey. It’s your compass that guides you to play that song which inspires you to start your next great project. It’s your compass that schedules that coffee date with your next co-creator.  It’s your compass that helped you find your voice. And it’s your compass that led you to your warm pillow when you were burnt out and needed to re-boot.

I refer to my compass as my Inner Goddess-Compass (for men, Inner God Compass). I like to picture this navigational force as a fierce beast-women whose soul has existed for thousands of years and holds in her womb wisdom for the ages. She can move mountains and endure the most desperate of times.  Without her I would be lost. The life of an artist can be lonely but should never be traveled alone.  When I feel like I want to give up I try to remind myself to stop, listen, and trust my inner God/Goddess-Compass.  Sometimes you have all the answers you are looking for within you.

A force greater than me has led me to Columbia, and I am more than amped to begin this journey of learning and sharing. And as I am guided in new directions I will breathe and trust.

Follow Your I.G.C

Pursuing a career in the arts can be an emotional roller coaster with its fair amount of ebbs and flows. There is a certain amount of resilience, determination, and sitting …

Interdisciplinary Arts MA Marie Cisco, cisco@mpaact.org
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