“Follow your bliss”: Laura Dockrill on living creatively

Poet, performer, novelist, illustrator and force of nature Laura Dockrill talks to Cuckoo about the importance of making mistakes and what a “jobby” is…

“I knew from a very young age that I HAD to make my hobby my job. A Jobby! There were no alternatives. No excuses. Life is too short to not do what you want to do for the majority of the time. You have to do what makes you happy.

Everyday I make sure, even when approaching deadlines or have stuff to do, I ask myself ‘WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO TODAY?’ and then I do it. I don’t believe in routine.

I believe that every day should be different. I try to inject fun into everything I do. Even when exploring or tackling sensitive or heavy subjects if I am not having fun or learning then I stop and pick up something else.

There is no such thing as a waste of time, all living is learning, all mistakes are useful.

And there is no such thing as boredom. In a world offering so much to do, see, taste, watch, hear, breathe, make and live in, there is never the option of not having anything to do- only the option of having TOO much to do. Inspiration can be found everywhere, its up to you to hunt for it.

Although not always easy, I never once regret not having a ‘normal’ job, not letting money prioritise me or manage me. I am in charge. Completely in control.

My writing is my art and comes with me wherever I go. I don’t need anything other that my imagination to build a world to exist in. Follow your bliss and listen to your instinct.”