I've toyed with the idea of identity for a long time. As a child, I won awards for my drawings, sculptures etc. and so thought of myself as an "artist,"
and I knew then art was going to be my life. Eventually puberty hit and music became my new creative outlet -- because girls -- but I never stopped creating visually.
I picked up a lot of other creative pursuits along the way; filmmaking, writing fiction, engineering software, creating virtual reality, tinkering with race engines, even designing experiences around serial travel. And sometimes actually reaching a point where it looked like I knew what I was doing. I also learned a lot about various artist like Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Picasso and noticed a similar spread of creative attention, especially with Da Vinci in particular. Not that I'm comparing my abilities to these masters. It simply makes me feel better to know my own desire to split my creative attention is not some new, aberrant thing among artist.
The challenge is how does one present themselves to the world when they want to share their ever-changing creative predilections? I could put a string of hyphens, and so I have done. But it feels... I don't know, kinda smarmy? Not to mention we seem to be wired to want to identify a single output with a single individual.
I came across an interesting article recently from Stephen Fry, where he discussed Oscar Wilde talking about "If you know what you want in life, you will become that, and this is your punishment, but if you don't know, then you can become anything." Stephen went on to say something to the effect; "We are not nouns, we are verbs, we are not the things we do, but people who do things." I really like this notion and I agree completely, but for the sake of searchability I'll probably continue to use a list of "things-I-like-to-geek-out-on."
But ultimately, I'm just a human who happens to love the dopamine boost I get when I'm in the zone on my latest creative endeavour, whatever that might be.