Tag Archive | "Talent"

Love it beyond reason ’cause any resonable person would quit.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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Love it beyond reason ’cause any resonable person would quit.

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." - Steve Jobs

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Interview with Creative Soul – Rhiannon Giddens

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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Interview with Creative Soul – Rhiannon Giddens

Wait. Who is that singing? I take some pride in my early discovery: At Ribfest 2005, September at Five County Stadium, Zebulon, NC., while there to support the featured band – good friends, great band – and, oh yeah, eat some ribs – surprise – a magnificent voice stopped our tracks dead. Rhiannon Giddens – more »

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Talking with Guitarist Songwriter – Will McFarlane Part II

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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Talking with Guitarist Songwriter – Will McFarlane Part II

While interviewing Will McFarlane for this video, I was reminded how critically important it is to avoid getting caught up in the nuance of our creative fields. "Music can be math without feel or tone" is one of my take away quotes in part II. Extending that, any field can be dry when devoid of feel or tone".

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A Scarcity of Surprises is the Result of Abundance

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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A Scarcity of Surprises is the Result of Abundance

In general, the scarcity shift is away from artifacts and toward process. Can you establish the culture that creates, the moment worth photographing, the performance that affects, or the product that markets itself?

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Creativity is Analog; Digital is Facsimile

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Creativity is Analog; Digital is Facsimile

My point is that the richness you and I perceive as quality, just like my experience in China, can be like old and new competing for road space. Creativity is analog. There is no such thing as digital creativity, it's only a simulation.

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Taking with Creative Director – Adam Cohen

Monday, March 15, 2010

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Taking with Creative Director – Adam Cohen

Meet Adam. He's determined to unite talent - his own. A first-class writer and a first-rate illustrator equals a great cartoonist. A great cartoonist makes an exceptional ad man, screen writer and film director. Listen to his insightful thoughts about creativity.

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These Tools Are Insane

Monday, December 14, 2009

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These Tools Are Insane

In the late 80’s the Apple Mac II taught us to set typography. Immediately anyone could set type. We didn’t hardly notice when the stat camera darkroom was reclaimed for storage, or when you’re local type house became a Mailbox Etc. or a Postal Instant Press (similar to Kinko’s). Creative destruction is no longer a concept but a lifestyle.

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“We Are Strip Mining Our Childrens’ Minds”

Thursday, November 19, 2009

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“We Are Strip Mining Our Childrens’ Minds”

Ask creative folks how their talent was revealed and you’ll probably hear a story of happenstance: my uncle gave me a camera, I got crayons for Christmas, my preschool teacher was a dancer or a likewise charming story of discovery. It seems as though the opportunity found them. The fit was good; Aptitude harmonizing with occasion led to passion. If only our Education System was interested in discovering talent.

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You Gotta Admire Them Skills

Monday, November 9, 2009

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You Gotta Admire Them Skills

Skill is math already proven. Not only are skills easy for culture to appreciate, our education from pre-K is about skill development and learning the rules. We have standards, objectives and tests. Skill is linear, owning them isn’t unique except to say one has more than another or that their skills are good. This post includes a segment of a Charlie Rose interview with painter Chuck Close.

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The Permission to Suck Manifesto

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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The Permission to Suck Manifesto

Somewhere in your personal history a decision was made to forgo a “real job”; one your parents would understand. Artist, creative director, writer, musician, photographer, actor, fine artist or pick one – you got attention for a talent or liked doing it so much that there was just no room to commit significant time to a profession less flattering gratifying. You became one of them sensitive types whose ego is vulnerably bonded to their work. True objective distance is pointless but it’s best to have a survival strategy.

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