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Sometimes I feel chained…

5 May

Sometimes I feel chained creatively… by this I mean not free; do you relate?

I just know that there is more creativity, more freedom, more compassion, more life imprisoned deep inside of me; desiring to be let out, longing to be set free. What is it that imprisons me? What is it that imprisons you?

The battle we fight as creative people is not against flesh and blood. There is a type of evil that keeps our creativity in dark dungeons under lock and key, this is not a friendly foes.

These foes offer a place of comfort and a false peace; without risk or battle we will always remain in chains.

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Courage is a Team Sport…

3 May

It’s tempting to believe that we can make it on our own …  we can’t because we weren’t designed too.

In the early stages of writing a script or a novel, creating a blog, or building a new start up, the initial creator(s) often do a lot of work… creating on their own.

We do this because we want to, but also because it appears necessary to get the ball rolling; it takes a lot of courage to be an inceptor, but it is foolishness to remain alone and singularly focused thereafter.

I have become somewhat of an expert in this type of foolishness for much of the past five years, I have worked long hours in solitude; it’s true that I have created much but it is also true that I have achieved little.

What are you creating right now… and what is your reason for doing it… what would you like to achieve?

Achievement in our creative endeavors always centers around the involvement of other people; whether that be agencies, labels, publishers, web designers, band members or best of all… the audience of friends that you create for…

DON”T BELIEVE A LIE…. You don’t need to be a success and have money you build a team… the internet allows you to do it right now.

The Creative War…

2 May

Imagine a thing… go on do it…

But what sort of “a thing… is it an object, an event, a relationship or an invention?

The questions just keep on rolling… and because we continue to ask them, the wheels of our imagination remain firmly stuck on the logical left side of our brain.

So often we come to the creative process with a subconscious agenda, some fixed notion of what it means to be creative, or some peculiar idea about having to get things RIGHT.

But everything we are about to do is imaginary,it is not right or wrong; “a moral imaginary world” doesn’t exist because it is all make believe… so RELAX and TRUST… the time for censorship is LATER.

Your life is like a blank canvas, an unwritten song, an empty blog or a white blank page; you can create WHATEVER with the space that you’ve been given.

The desire to get it right is…WAGING A WAR… against our CREATIVE FREEDOM.

Guest Blog… So you think you can write Seven Sentences…

28 Apr

After much debate I have decided to open up Seven Sentences to others who may wish to Guest Blog on our site.  Can you do it?

I would love to have your voice on our site, make it more like a chorus than a solo…

Click here SEVEN SENTENCE GUEST BLOGGERS to view the guidelines and criteria…

We need your voice, your seven sentences of creative truth, your journey because our voices are louder together than they are separate. Check out the guidelines… again it’s  SEVEN SENTENCE GUEST BLOGGERS and PAUSE for a moment…

Can you do it?

…Famous Wrong Predictions…

27 Apr

In the world of art & entrepreneurship be encouraged… when it comes to innovation no one really knows  anything…

“Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.”  Opponents to Edwin L Drakes plan to drill for oil in 1849.

“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles in 1962.

“I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face not Gary Cooper.”  Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in “Gone With The Wind.”

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”  H.M. Warner on having talking in movies? Warner Brothers, 1927.

“So we went to Atari and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’ So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.’”  Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak’s personal computer.

“You’d better learn secretarial skills or else get married.” – Modeling agency, rejecting Marilyn Monroe in 1944.

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

Does anybody actually know anything?

… so this is me…

25 Apr

Humility, humility, humility. Boxing Promoter Don King apparently once said… “I’m so humble that sometimes I truly amaze myself…” I am talking about a different kind of humility here…

Being driven to succeed will never lead to happiness. Striving and pushing, straining to prove ourselves with out art; can only produce work that is full of ambition and strain. We must endeavor to relax and produce work that comes from a place of peace and contentment, otherwise despite our best intentions we are never really giving our audience anything.

By honestly and simply just SHARING our creativity with our friends (our audience), we avoid the top down success model that leads to arrogance and pride.

…creation is an act of love…

22 Apr

Thinking too much early in the creative process will kill your project. The trouble for me is that I don’t realize that I’m “over thinking” I just slowly fall back into the habit.

If you want to create something truly unique you can’t allow yourself to be rationale in the genesis of your creation; you have to be wild and free. I am discovering that the type of questions we ask ourselves are vital to this process…

Any question that pulls on your doubt or skepticism needs to be eliminated, or they will undermine your creativity and leave you paralyzed. Remember “creation” is primarily an act of love, so anything that comes against “your love” needs to be defeated, suppressed or ignored.

Perfect love casts out all fear… so get yourself out of the way, simply LOVE what you are creating.

…oh how you posture…

21 Apr

Continuing from yesterdays post… the posture we adopt in our relationships with others is far more important than the language that we use. There is nothing worse than being preached at by a stranger, who hasn’t taken the TIME to listen to your story, your journey, what you have to offer…

Assumptions kill me, it doesn’t matter if they are right or wrong… they come from a place of high posture. High posture comes from a place of fear or ego; people run to higher ground when they are afraid. Being simple and being yourself is the only way that “true synergy” can occur in the collaborative process.

It’s difficult to let all your inadequacies hang out in a place like Hollywood where there is so much posturing, it’s tough to ask questions that highlight your ignorance in a place where everyone is trying to sell you… themselves. Yet, the prize in the end will go to the brave soul who is not afraid of his own ignorance… for only he will find true friends.

Leap and the wind will catch you…

19 Apr

I was reading the most excellent blog of Michael Hyatt this morning where he discussed the importance of “actively” following your dream. He quoted American naturalist John Burroughs who said… “Leap and the net will appear.”

We leap when we have a dream to create anything and we actually put pen to paper, or we pick up that phone, or we write that resignation letter. As Michael Hyatt so aptly put it… provision often follows risk (leaping), perhaps it happens this way because other people need to see that we are 100% serious before they themselves “leap” and follow.

Whilst provision often follows the “leap” there is unfortunately no guarantee, and the concrete is hard when you hit the pavement from the 33rd floor, that is why I trust not in the safety net far below (provision) but instead I trust in the wind that will blow me where-ever it chooses.

We leap towards our dreams with open hands, for the wind (God?), will take us places that we never could have imagined; to places more beautiful than our dreams, and sometimes to dark places… through dark valleys drenched with the shadows of death… but always through them.

Leaping is as much about journey as it is about your dream, and your journey is all about the wind.

Stories Jesus loves…

17 Apr

As a person who has a deep and genuine faith I am fascinated by the way “art” can be drafted off into either the “religious” or “secular” category.

This division of art is a dangerous thin;, for both the artist and their audience. For authentic faith cannot and should not be separated from everyday life… for ALL of life is sacred. In total honesty, some of the most spiritually significant times in my entire life have occurred whilst sitting on the crapper in a public toilet on the wrong side of town.

As we separate off our art, so we divide and separate ourselves.

The dirty, filthy realities of everyday life needn’t be avoided, reprimanded or subjugated in our spiritual music, stories and films… neither should the search for the “spiritual” be neglected in the secular creations of  modern-day artists.

To do either would to be less than human and less than truthful.

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