The first thing we need to do here is dispel a myth. Many creative people believe that business and art are like oil and water – they don’t mix (innovative analogy there). Well maybe, but it all depends on how you look at it. If you were to try mix oil and water in the same container, you’d be right. But that’s not what I mean in this case.
The Sky Is On Fire The sky is on fire to the west of here, Clouds grow as evening draws near The old man said as he stood and watched, The familiar hues of the colour swatch, Of the light. She said, sure where will you go? alone in the mix in your overcoat? Back […]
What is it about this society we’ve built, this collective mindset we live within, that says having nothing to do is a bad thing? Staying busy seems to be a honorable thing. We celebrate it openly with sayings such as; “If you want something done, ask a busy man”. As if to imply that not being busy is a sign of incapability and ineptitude.
Every generation has a subset of people who are unemployable, it’s not a recent phenomena. However I do believe it’s gaining ground. You don’t need to be a big shot entrepreneur, employing hundreds or thousands to qualify here. You just need to be willing to break out of the standard working model
This week as a natural development of the Storymaker idea and The Artist’s Manifesto, I’ve launched The Storymaker publication on Medium. I want to build this thing out and reach more people, so the natural upshot of that is to invite others to contribute content.
Are You Killing Your Children’s Creativity? Do we kill our children’s creativity and self expression with rules and regulations? Is our insistence that our kids do what they are told teaching them to be automatons? I’d offer a strong yes to those question. Consider this scenario; Yesterday I’m sitting at home, writing, and my son […]
I got a call yesterday from a friend in trouble. His small business is failing, cash flow was bad and he’s left questioning why he even started working for himself. He was in a dark place, I know how he feels, I was that soldier. So I offered him some advice.
The irrational fear of things is very prominent within the psyche of the creative person. It keeps us in our box and has quite an effect on our behaviour. It stops us booking that art class or starting the book we’ve been writing in our head for the last 10 years.
Many creative people have a hang up about getting their material out there. They think receiving a round of applause is selling out to the man. Forget that nonsense. Do you want to experience the joy of seeing a smile on someone’s face for the love of something you created? Or would you prefer to die and leave it all after you undiscovered?
“I’m 43 years of age, and these days I find I’m constantly asking myself, how did I end up here?” She said, staring at nothing in particular. I just listened for what I knew was coming next. “It’s like, is this all there is?”