What’s Roaring Inside You: Henry Rollins on the Creative Process

“I think it’s important if you’re a creative person, or aspire to be, that you don’t spend too much time aspiring or asking advice. Just get going and address what’s roaring inside you.” –Henry Rollins

While I don’t always agree with Henry Rollins — particularly some of the things he’s said in the past about women (although he seems to have matured in his opinions over the years) — there is definitely something admirable to be said for his creative work ethic.

The man is simply a machine when it comes to creative output. Whether making music, touring, writing books (highly recommend Get in the Van), traveling the world performing spoken word, hosting radio shows, even acting, Rollins has some no bullshit words of wisdom on the creative process, doing the work, and getting out of your own way.

If you're feeling you might need a little hard-ass, tough love right now as an artist/creator/maker, then this interview is a good place to start:  “Henry Rollins on Defining Success” via The Creative Independent.

  Henry Rollins performing with Rollins Band at Hultsfredsfestivalen in 1993  by  Pelle Sten  (Creative Commons)

Henry Rollins performing with Rollins Band at Hultsfredsfestivalen in 1993 by Pelle Sten (Creative Commons)