At this point, I was deep in admiration for Ferry’s awareness of her audiences and for the passion and caution in which she carries with her when working on creative projects. There are often many times when creative projects start to spiel off tangent because of factors such as the need to do certain ‘branding’ that gets in the way.
On the Esplanade website, it’s clear that Ferry is used to taking on creative projects; she’s worked with and mentored teenage group AGA before and is the guitarist and vocalist for Giants Must Fall, a local band who does live performances.
How does undertaking creative projects become when there is a responsibility attached to it? I’m interested to find out your opinion on the relationship between pursuing your passion and an increasing sense of responsibility.
Ferry starts by drawing a circle, with her finger, on the table. “My sense of responsibility grows. It’s like, at first this was it for me.” Her index finger jabs against the wood of the table, a single point. “This indicates that the only responsibility I had [back then], was to myself.”
“Then, it was for my immediate family.” she draws a circle, surrounding the point.
“Then I thought, ‘who are you doing it for’? And my circle became bigger once I considered that I was doing it for the community. “Something that impacted me lots was seeing other people do social enterprise work. I realized that I wanted to help other people, get involved in social causes.”
She stops drawing circles, lifting her head to smile at me. “You have to keep asking yourself why do you do it…keep asking the why’s, keep asking the whys, whys, whys.”
This is where an inexplicable growth of responsibility takes place – responsibility blooms from being one that mainly benefits you, functioning as an extension of one’s portfolio. The responsibility to convey something to the public and to an umbrella of society, to say something not for yourself but “for others” through your work, is large.
Ferry explains. “You can do things that benefit your own artistry – and you can do things for other people. And you get a bigger sense of purpose when you do things with other people in mind.”
“I know some people do things for others, ‘giving back, but only because they feel good about it after. Who gives a damn if you feel good?’ she laughs. It’s all with good nature. “If there’s a need, you should try to address it.
But if you can’t, it’s alright as well.”
That sense of thinking is what also helps her to remain committed to the creative projects that you’re intending to embark on.
“If you only do it for yourself, it’s like – you might wake up and feel as if you don’t want to do something…and so be it. Because your responsibility stopped there–it was for yourself. You might not want to continue doing what you want to do.”
MORE OF FERRY IN ISSUE 3.5: THE CONTEMPORARY CONDITION