What is the soul? One year ago I set out to create a score that would inform the creation of as much of my work as possible over the next couple of years. One year into it this "score," which has turned out to be more an evolution of questions than an actual score, has … Continue reading Is A Question Ever Too Big?
After 75 weeks of short, get-the-juices-flowing work, we thought it was time to dig a little deeper. This month we're challenge you to create a #bodyofwork. The idea is to spend the month creating based on a single thought or for one particular work you want to develop. Weekly prompts will still go out and you … Continue reading March Challenge: A Body Of Work
There are countless self-help books out there on motivation: what it is, why it's important, how to keep it, how to get more, and how to give it to others. What if I told you it's not the fact that you have too little of it that's the problem, but the fact that the idea … Continue reading Motivation Is Not The Problem
You know that saying, "the more you know, the more you realize you don't know"? As creatives, we're often (not always, but often) on the hunt for more information, more knowledge, more experience, more more more, in a quest to be better and do better. For the most part, this is a great thing. It … Continue reading Stop Overthinking It. You’re Smarter Than You Know.
Sometimes it's hard to admit we can't do it all ourselves and sometimes we don't even realize we're trying to. This week we're picking up where we left off with our last blog post with a closer look at your responses to our creative process survey. This time, I was actually surprised by your answers. The … Continue reading Quit Being Stubborn and Take The Help
Remember that Creative Process survey I sent out several weeks back? I posted it on social media, included it in a weekly newsletter and sent it to my friends and colleagues. Some of you took it, most of you didn't (it's never too late to take it, hint hint), but for those of you who … Continue reading We Are Terrible At Doing What We Say We Want To Do
See the thing with the creative process is that the more you try to pin it down, the more elusive it becomes. The more you try to define it's boundaries, the more nebulous it is. The more you try to do anything with it, the more it fights back. And, if you've ever found yourself … Continue reading Stupid Artist Jargon, Part 2: The Creative Process
If our understanding of the world were based solely off of the most shared, viewed, read, or liked headlines online, they would have you believing that because you create you're a genius and if you're not making brilliant work all you have to do is find a way to tap your latent genius. Don't believe … Continue reading Quit Kidding Yourself, You’re Not a Genius
Before you try it, let me warn you about the perils of google-ing "creativity". The only thing you'll find are countless articles and programs teaching you how to "unleash," "harness," or "tap into" your creativity. I'm going to let that sink in for a minute. . . . Everything about those statements implies that we have this … Continue reading Unicorns Suck, Roadblocks Rule, and Inspiration is B.S.
You know how sometimes you just have to learn things the hard way? Or how you don't know how important certain things/people/processes are until they're gone? Yeah, that's me. Especially with dance. In graduate school I failed to learn the single most important lesson there was to learn. The program I attended was structured in … Continue reading A Creative Process Recipe, As Told By Twyla (…sort of)