I’ve been cleaning up some papers lately (inspired by my binge watching of Marie Kondo on Netflix) and I came across a pile of newspaper clippings that I thought were worth keeping. The first one I read was from the London Evening Standard on Friday 19 September 2008 written just after the great banking […]
It’s OK to be small
I see advice all the time on ‘how to play big’ or ‘how to up your business game’ or how to ‘scale your business up to the next level.’ But what if that doesn’t interest you? What if you want a happy life instead of a busy life? What if you want ‘just enough’ instead […]
Idols, Mentors, Colleagues and Fans – Build a Team in 2015
I have two professional colleagues who are always talking about ‘their team.’ How ‘their team’ advises they do this, or ‘their team’ has plans to do this, etc. Every time I hear it I experience a pang of jealousy. I don’t have a team. It’s me. My computer. My ‘cup of joe.’ And that’s it. […]
Is an art degree (or drama or music or fashion etc) worth it?
This is just one study, and only of the United States, but it presents a fairly clear picture of those with an art degree. It shows that there is no direct correlation between an art degree and working as a practicing artist. I will look for similar studies in the UK and other countries to […]
Is your ‘to-do’ list threatening to do you in?
I grew up in the Canadian Prairies, in the 1970’s, so this might be ‘of an era’ but I distinctly remember a regular event at Beavers, Cub Scouts, Church picnics and School sports days was a race where we had to push peanuts across the gym floor with our nose. Does anyone else have […]
Books Don’t Sell Themselves (or 5 Ways to Get Your Books Into Readers’ Hands)
With nearly 150,000 new books published per year in the UK there is a flood of new titles clamouring for attention all the time. And that’s before we get to all the titles that are self-published. Whether fiction or non-fiction, there is an enormous amount of competition for the eyeballs (and wallets) of readers. Here’s […]
Julian Clary, Buggery, and Finding Your Purpose
Hello, I’m back from a fantastic holiday in South Africa (where I enjoyed both the beauty and food/wine of Cape Town and the amazing animals on Safari in Sabi Sands) and I’m raring to go into this Autumn. Some of you might know that I’m doing my PhD in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths […]
At a loss about what to write? Go fishing!
Do you blog, or have a newsletter? Or perhaps you use Twitter or Facebook? I bet at one time of another you’ve wondered what to write about. I know I often feel stumped by what to write about here on the Thriving Creative. Sometimes I have an abundance of ideas and I have to scribble […]
To be in the game, you first have to show up for the game (why the odds against artists aren’t as bad as you think)
We often like to bemoan how the odds are stacked against artists. How we face overwhelming competition for every job. This is true. But maybe it isn’t as bad as we think. Why? Because many people who SAY they’re in the game actually fail to SHOW UP. Or COMMIT FULLY to the game. Which […]
Guest Post: Is Your Creative Work Making You Feel Good?
We’re happy to welcome back A. L. Michael for another guest post today. Andi is currently writing her next novel (due to be published soon) and is also teaching workshops on Writing for Wellbeing. If you’re in London she has a workshop coming up on Saturday 26 April. Check out all the details here —————————— […]
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