We had the good fortune of connecting with Freydoon Rassouli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Freydoon, how do you think about risk?
Taking a risk is when a person is not sure of the result. The one who has faith in his/her capability to handle challenges, does not take risks. Instead he/she takes the leap of faith, which is easy to do when you love what you’re doing. Taking an action which is driven by love does not allow the fear of failure to enter into the person’s mind. In this case he/she is not taking a risk.
As an artist, almost everything I create in life is because I love to do it. When I do things that I love to do, I have no fear. I can easily take risks and not even think about the danger that might come my way. I create art but I am not in the business of making artworks. What I do I call ‘arting’ and because I have fun doing it, what I create becomes a manifestation of love. I believe if everyone does what they love to do, they would all be fearless in that deeper sense of being and doing what they love.
As living organisms, we are profoundly integrated with the process of creation itself. Creativity demands the freedom to make mistakes, for it involves trying something new that is outside ordinary standards and may never been tried before. When we create, we explore both the known and the unknown possibilities of forming a spiritual connection between our own personal experience and our acquired knowledge. This experience is like opening to the folding and unfolding of an expanding life, like a heartbeat, or the rising and setting of the sun. The universe is unfolding before us as we live and experience each day. The ocean expresses the rhythmic movement in the waves as they touch the shore and circle back into the ocean again. We become aligned with the energy of creation in a very intimate way as we surrender to these rhythms.
To create means to take risks, for we engage in what is unfamiliar to us. We have no way of knowing ahead of time what will result from our actions. We don’t really know if it will have a positive or a negative impact on others. Creativity often involves breaking rules and moving beyond what are people’s beliefs and ideas. It also challenges and confronts the expectation of others. We need to be willing to be a disappointment in order not to betray the truth of what is trying to express itself through us. If we adhere to already set standards and remain within the limitations imposed on us by others, we will be facing the fear of making mistakes or doing wrong things. The reason is that we are conforming and being obedient to the expectations of someone else’s ideas of what is right for us.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
From early childhood, painting was my love and I continued it religiously. I had to be educated like everyone else. Since my love was painting, I did my education in school and later on in college to support of my love. While I was studying art at the University of New Mexico, in the US, everyone told me that I would not be able to make a proper living as an artist, and I would have a life as a “starving artist”.
I was too young and immature and I decided to become an architect, instead of a “Starving Artist”. While I made a economically a successful life as an architect, my love was somewhere else. After 15 years of practicing architecture, I decided to give it up and follow my dream, which was painting. Thus, I became a “Starving Artist”.
When you put your love into something, you have the best teacher. That undoubtedly brings you success! It was neither architecture that developed me as an artist, nor my education. It was my love for painting that paved the way for my success as an artist.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles has so many places to share with a visiting place, but one place that stands out among all to me is the Getty Museum in West LA. It offers the panoramic view of the city. It reflects the varied population of LA. It has open gardens with all sorts of plants and flowers that can exist in LA. It exhibits beautiful architecture of our city and above all, it shows the artistic and cultural side of Los Angeles. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Be an artist! Take the leap of faith!
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