The Impact of Story Telling

Not too long ago, one of my colleagues, Monika Zands of Monika Zands Consulting interviewed The Blog Babe on her podcast.

We are talking about the importance of story telling, not just for artists and filmmakers, but for everyone: business owners, bloggers, you name it!

Check out the podcast, below. Enjoy!

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How Are You Cultivating Your Creativity?

Attending the Sundance Film Festival has always been one of my dreams.

Sure, yes, ideally it would be because I have a film project as part of the festival (I’ve submitted two different films, Last Ditch Therapy and Innocent Sleep, but neither have gotten in. Hey, man, Sundance has a 3% acceptance rate! That’s no joke!).

This year I finally decided that I’ve waited long enough! With only a smidge of self-doubt I jumped in the car and embarked on a 10+ hour drive to realize my dream.

Little did I know that waiting for me in Park City was a deep well of adventure, renewed creativity, and passion for the art of film making.

I made a little video for you while I was there – check it out!

So, how do you keep your passion alive? How do you stay in touch with your creativity? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments area, below!



Create Conducive Conditions

One of my childhood idols, Deborah Henson-Conant, sent out an incredibly thought-provoking blog article this week. Besides being one of the most famous harpists in the world, DHC (as she prefers to be called) is also an incredibly insightful and intuitive artist – and I love what she has to say about practicing the creation of art.

Check out her article, below.

IMG_1745A few days ago I started writing the book I need to read, and I started with something I tell myself and my students all the time: Create Conducive Condition.

Meaning, instead of trying to ‘cope’ with a messy desk or a practice space that’s uncomfortable, actually spend time creating the physical, mental and spiritual conditions that will help you actually do what you’re trying to do.

But yesterday I asked myself “Hey, what does that actually mean: create conducive conditions?” and here’s what I wrote back:

I’ll tell you what it means. It means accepting that you’re a Big Baby who needs everything Just So in order to get anything done.

Did I say it means “accepting” – I meant it means LOVING the fact, ADMIRING the fact.

It means you believe that Big Baby’s every little thought is so valuable that you’ll set up a whole machine to make sure BigBaby has what she needs to be comfortable.

It means you’re BigBaby’s personal secretary — and trust me, BigBaby won’t do a blessed thing to help you.  She writes like a slob. Nobody – not even you – can decipher her handwriting.  The minute she starts to scribble something on a post-it you have to swoop in and say, “Woah, BigBaby, let me do that for you.”  And then YOU have put it in a place where everyone can find it afterwards. BigBaby won’t remember where it is – trust me.  She has the memory of a sieve.

BigBaby won’t put her things away. She won’t look at her calendar. She won’t get things done on time.  She will eat potato chips – and only potato chips – for every meal. She won’t set the alarm clock, she won’t floss her teeth, she won’t go in for mammograms or colonoscopies.

She’s a big baby.  And you have to do everything for her.

Does that feel horrible? Do you resent that?

If so, that’s why you’re not getting the support you need from yourself.  You’re a big baby.  Get over it.  And start taking care of Big Baby’s every need.