I’ve just got a new iPhone 6 plus and I am wondering how I ever accomplished anything before I got it. It is literally becoming my portable brain. With 64 gb of memory, I’m sure it has more retention ability than I do, so I find myself leaning more and more on it to help […]
Interview with Theatre Artist Michelle Nicole Matlock
It’s a real pleasure for me to introduce you to Michelle Nicole Matlock. Michelle is an actor and theatre artist that I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with through the internet. Michelle is currently touring with Cirque du Soleil in a role that she created in one of their ground breaking shows; but she also […]
Set a goal for 2015 to cross-pollinate your creative practice
First off, Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. As we enter a New Year, I want you to be keenly following your industry and the key players in it, but I caution you to not operate with blinders on. Tunnel vision prevents us from opportunities to cross-pollinate our creative practice by gaining […]
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. […]
Creative Entrepreneur -vs- Creative Intrapreneur
This post has two inspirations: 1) a discussion I had with Sian Prime – one of the lecturers in the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths College, University of London where I am doing my PhD. I was saying to Sian how I sometimes felt I wasn’t really a creative entrepreneur, especially as an […]
Ethan Hawke, Creative Sustainability, and Taking the Long View
You know that old yarn about how ‘life is a marathon not a sprint?’ The same holds true for sustainable creative careers. Days, weeks, months and even a year are tiny markers. You might have good weeks and bad weeks. You might have a year where you do nothing creative. This doesn’t really matter. It’s […]
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 […]
The Secret to Being an Effective Communicator? (It’s all in the feet).
I’ve recently been teaching some workshops in voice and storytelling for public speakers. The number one complaint? Nerves. My top tip? Wiggle your toes. You see, everyone gets nervous when they have to talk in front of others. Everyone. The difference between the professional and the amateur is what you do with those nerves. If […]
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