I saw Tim Burton on Strombo last night. He said that he has spent his entire adult life trying to become human. I liked him instantly, and I’ve been a fan of his movies, but to be honest, I haven’t seen many of his latest ones.
He moved to his grandmother’s house at the age of 10. From an very early age, his difference was obviously out there and he had the familial support for his artist endeavours. Now, he also lives in a separate house from his wife, Helena Bonham Carter, connected by a walkway. Best of both worlds, I imagine. He also lives no where near LA, and prefers it that way. He has managed to be a huge success, despite everything that could have went sideways along the way.
James Hillman talks about this “perfect storm” phenomenon in many of his books, most notably in two – The Soul’s Code and The Force of Character. What are the things that happened to you, in your early years, that make you who you are later in life. Are there interests that are more dominant, but we get beaten out of us. Burton mentioned this too, noting that most kids are creative, but it gets lost along the way. Mostly, these things get lost because we think we need to do other things, but what we really need to do is create art.
We can always learn new things, but our interests from childhood, if you take a hard look, often tell alot about a person. I recently came to this realization when I remembered that I once loved to design doll clothes. I wasn’t content with what came in packages. And, I wanted to make up new things. I also knew that I could because I could knit and crochet from a very young age and I was encouraged to be creative. And, because my mom always had needles and yarn around, it was a fairly inexpensive thing to do that I could get lost in, much like when I wrote my short stories. This has carried over to my adult life whereby I rarely buy a Hallowe’en costume. I would rather buy the materials and create something myself, something no one else will have.
I guess you could say, I like being unique, and I’m not afraid to step into or out of the river.
Back to the beginning….Burton has a new show in Toronto that I would love to see, and I might just try to get down there….to the TIFF Lightbox.