So often we hear that our work as artists needs to be cohesive. That we need to build a body of work that is recognizable. I believe this is important and true, but I also believe that you can pursue other curiosities while getting there. I recently watched a TED Talk titled: A powerful way to unleash your creativity. In it, Tim Harford discusses “slow-motion multitasking”.
“What can we learn from the world’s most enduringly creative people? They “slow-motion multitask,” actively juggling multiple projects and moving between topics as the mood strikes — without feeling hurried. Author Tim Harford shares how innovators like Einstein, Darwin, Twyla Tharp and Michael Crichton found their inspiration and productivity through cross-training their minds.”