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

You Need A Wow Factor

You Need A Wow Factor

In his book, Platform – Getting Noticed In A Noisy World, author Michael Hyatt (michaelhyatt.com) 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 greatness. Like many things in life, creating a wow experience begins with making a commitment. You must resolve in your own heart that you will not sell out or settle. You have to take a stand and play full-out. 2. Connect with the original vision. Sometimes you just have to close your eyes and once again become present to what...

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

Do You Have A Mentor?

Do You Have A Mentor?

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 can help you read the roadmap for your creative talents and career.  So, choose a mentor that is ahead of you, and has already arrived at your desired destination. Look for professionals who have been where you want to go and are willing to show you how to get there. Before approaching a potential mentor you need to identify… 1....

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

Do You Have A Creative Philosophy?

Do You Have A Creative Philosophy?

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 passionless or half-hearted. Their lazy attitude sticks out like a sore thumb. I want to be a person who is passionate about what he does. 3. Pay attention to details. The difference between professionals and amateurs is their attention to detail. I always take the extra time to be a professional. 4. Be a man of integrity. Even if it...

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

Don’t Waste Your Time!

Don’t Waste Your Time!

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 to work on upgrading production values and content, I was constantly scolded for mistakes the production team was making: the camera move was slow, the music was late, or the director cut to the wrong camera. The complaints were endless. In my boss’s mind, he expected the show to be on par with top network shows with large budgets and...

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

Your Opportunity Is Calling

Your Opportunity Is Calling

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 home. I’ve got the job. The others said, What do you mean? You just got here. We’ve been waiting all morning. Didn’t you hear the dots and dashes saying, Do you read me? Do you read me? If you can read this, come in. You have the job? Well, I knew the dots and dashes. I was prepared…I was listening…and...

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Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Creative Purpose | 0 comments

Your Creative Signature

Your Creative Signature

There are certain creative drivers whose body of work is so unique and different from everyone else, their creative signature can be recognized almost immediately. The two-part harmony of The Beatles, a painting by Picasso, an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, or a photograph of Yosemite by Ansel Adams are just four examples of people with creative signatures. The first song the “Lads from Liverpool” wrote as teens didn’t put them on the charts, but Lennon and McCartney’s songs quickly became a signature that launched the 60’s British music invasion. Picasso’s work ushered in a new era in modern art and gave painters another way to tell a story. Because the films of Alfred Hitchcock so impacted Hollywood, his signature style of filmmaking is still studied in film school today. Ansel Adam’s ability to manipulate images in his dark room became a creative signature that gave the world breathtaking landscapes. Your creative signature is unique to you. What you see, hear, taste, touch, and smell is different from everyone. What you...

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