I love Lu Sierra. I love her confidence and her defiance. She is very direct and straight to the point. That’s what makes her attractive. She’s a model and the one who trains the Miss Universes at the Miss Universe pageant.
At the beginning of her career she moved to Paris from New York in order to be taken seriously as a model. Over there is where she was truly discovered and her career skyrocketed. If not for that possibly she would have never made it as a model.
That got me thinking about creative cities. There are some places where your creative career might never really take off depending on the scales of success that you want to reach.
I guess you feel it when you’re there. In New York she was signed to a major agency but was only a showroom girl. Meaning that she was never actually seen on the runway and had no portfolio. In Paris they took her seriously.
Paris is also known as one of the places in the world that’s perfect for creatives. I was watching a video by the YouTuber Damon Dominique and he mentioned that one of the things that he loved about Paris was that over there creatives are taken seriously. You can day that “I’m a writer” and people won’t then ask you what you do for money…
But everyone’s creative city or should I say soul city is different. I was reading a book called “The Simply Luxurious Life” and the author spoke of soul city. Where you really feel like you belong. Perhaps it was just that Damon’s soul city is Paris. Because I bet there are some creatives who really hate Paris and have not managed to further their career there.
I guess a creative’s soul city is the place where you feel the most creative…or where you can do nothing and no one will judge you for it. I’ve read about people finding their soul cities in Shanghai, New York, Toronto, London, Seoul, Kyoto etc. It’s not a one size fits all situation.
I don’t know if I’ve found my soul city yet but I have a pretty good clue. But then again, I haven’t yet experienced enough of the world to say for certain what my soul city. But then again this one city I’ve experienced enough of to know how much I love it.
One can never know the true beauty of a place as a tourist. Which is why I guess we never really get to know a place for what it truly is.
There are so many things that we evaluate in life and realize that in the pursuit of perfection we miss what was really perfect for us looking for the next best thing or thinking that something better in life is coming along. And it’s only later on in life that we realize that we have up on a very good opportunity. In many cases this usually happens in the context of relationships. You date someone that’s awesome with you but think you’re too young to commit and eventually the relat withers out from lack of commitment, years later after settling for a relationship that’s alot less than what you gave up on you begin to realize that you should have committed before.
But perhaps this can also be applied to soul cities. With the digital nomad revolution that has happened or maybe I should say that this is a trait of millennials and Gen Zers, we always believe that there’s something better out there.
But the older I grow the more I begin to realize that the old saying is true “A rolling stone doesn’t gather any moss”. But then in this time and age, a stone that can’t respond to paradigm shifts, adjust themselves and move accordingly won’t survive in this extremely volatile generation as well.
But these are just my existential thoughts. Or maybe I’m just having a girl crush on Lu Sierra.