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You Need A Wow Factor

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Creative Purpose | 1 comment

In his book, Platform – Getting Noticed In A Noisy World, author Michael Hyatt ( believes that standing out from the crowd requires a “wow factor”. “If you want to build a platform, it’s time to get the passion back. Push yourself to deliver a great product or service that you are delighted to offer. If you don’t, then your attempt to build a platform is doomed to failure. Apple spends a lot of product development, but little on marketing. They have proven that it’s about the product, stupid. So start with a “wow product”. Michael suggests 6 ways to add a “wow factor”… 1. Take a stand for...

Do You Have A Mentor?

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Creative Purpose | 0 comments

The person who can help you the most on your creative journey is a mentor. Someone who will help you grow in the area of your life and career that is most important to you. Someone who believes in you, and shares his or her knowledge about an area of interest, while helping you sidestep challenges and anticipate problems. Someone who has the wisdom to guide you toward your creative goals.  Whether you’re just starting out in a creative field or have been in the business for decades, finding a mentor can be a worthwhile experience. After all, mentors are a tremendous source of power. Mentors are guides who...

Do You Have A Creative Philosophy?

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Creative Purpose | 0 comments

Creative Drivers at the top of their game have a creative philosophy. It’s a code they live by when they’re working on a movie set, performing in the studio, or rehearsing for a new project. It’s also a way of doing business that sets them apart from other talented people. Here are 10 principles that have become the foundation of my own creative philosophy. 1. Add value to every project. I always bring my “A” game to every job, every time. If I don’t, it won’t be long until someone takes my place. 2. Put my heart into everything. There is nothing worse than working with someone who is...

Don’t Waste Your Time!

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Creative Purpose | 0 comments

Knowing where you fit in a creative world is one of the most important things you can do in life. And understanding where your talents, abilities, and personality work best can save you years of chasing after something you may not be “wired” to do. Several years ago I took a position producing a daily talk show in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although I had never produced that type of show before, I saw it as an opportunity to learn something new and build my resume. When I walked in the door, I was confronted with a woefully dysfunctional staff and a boss with unreal expectations. As I began...

Great Photos Tell Stories

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Creative Process | 0 comments

Most photographers just point and shoot, then hope something turns out. Regardless of how advanced your equipment might be, failing to pay attention to basic design elements weakens your ability to tell stories with photographs. In his article, The Secret: What Makes A Great Photo, professional photographer, Ken Rockwell (, points out that… Every image needs a basic structure. Without an underlying structure, it is just another boring photo. Every image needs strong underlying compositional order so that it grabs the eye from a hundred feet away. If it can’t grab the eye from a distance, it will never be an interesting photo, regardless of how many fine details it might...

Were You Born Creative?

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

I’m still trying to make up my mind about whether creativity is something you’re born with or something you learn. As a vocalist, I know that performing at a professional level requires natural vocal talent. Training and experience can help a singer learn to better use their vocal instrument — but it still comes down to natural talent, plus training and practice. In her book, The Creative Habit, choreographer Twyla Tharp believes: “Creativity is not a gift from the gods, bestowed by some divine and mystical spark. It is the product of preparation and effort, and it’s within reach of everyone who wants to achieve it. All it takes...

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Creative Process, Featured | 0 comments

In 2011, former Pixar storyboard artist, Emma Coats, Tweeted this list of 22 Storytelling Guidelines she learned while working at the studio. Since then the list has been all over the internet. Just in case you missed them, here they are. No matter what your role is in the creative process, these guidelines can help you take your ideas and projects to the next creative level. 1. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. 2. You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different. 3. Trying for theme is...

Your Opportunity Is Calling

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Creative Purpose | 0 comments

Years and years ago, during the old Morse code days, there was a job opening for people who knew the dots-and-dashes system. Many had come to apply for the job, and all were waiting in the outer office to hear if they had gotten it. After a while, a young man came in through the door, then stopped and listened to the dots and dashes coming from the next room. He looked at the other applicants who were talking to each other, then walked across the room and through the door into the office. After a few minutes, the young man came out and said, You can all go...