Giving feedback

Hello.

This is a Creative tip.

Growing up, I used to desire to give feedback to makers of movies I watch and books I read. But being mostly foreign, there was no means for little me to send an email, or post a note to Enid Blyton and the other book authors I admired. There was no way to send a fan art to Stan Lee and the other marvel comic makers. No way to tell Walt Disney studios/Pixar makers that one character was a little flawed…

I wanted to tell them how the book was, give them constructive criticisms on their movies, answer promo and quiz questions and win their prizes.  I wanted to attend their book signings and events and meet them in person too…

But it wasn’t possible, so as I kept buying those books, I resorted to reading the comments of privileged kids from Colorado, New York, Stanford, Scotland, UK etc., who could post things and even attend book signings and events.

Now 2015. I am a creator too (in a progressive way), and I realize that
people who create things do really desire feedback from their audience.

But looking at the present scene, especially in Nigeria, it seems to me that readers of books and viewers of movies aren’t keen on giving feedback to the makers of these great work of art.

Could it be that audience absent-mindedly consume works of art, or they are too busy?

Many creators need that little encouragement your question or feedback will give on their work. I think it pushes them to produce something better for you. It nudges them to greater discipline and helps them realize they should hone their craft a little more. It tells them that someone is listening. It boosts their morale.

And if we don’t give it to them, they may get discouraged. And we turn around to blame them for poor output.

Today, give feedback on a piece of art you have consumed (movie, book, comic, song).

God bless you,
Toluwanimi

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Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

2 thoughts on “Giving feedback”

  1. T. Boy, you are such a wonderful person and your work so far has been beautiful. I know you are indeed engraced and going somewhere big (you sure have entered into it already).
    I’m very proud of you!

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