Today I’m reaching into my quiver of keynotes to share a talk I gave at CreativeMornings here in Seattle. If you’re not aware of CreativeMornings it’s a breakfast lecture series for the creative community started by my good friend Tina Roth Eisenberg. These talks are hosted in hundreds of cities around the globe and a great way to connect with your local community. There are thousands of talks on their website, creativemornings.com.
The theme of this talk was bravery, so I talk about my own experience and my take on how Ansel Adams and Macklemore have used bravery and vulnerability to propel their careers by making things that only they could make. I showed some videos during the talk, and if you want to see them you can find the whole talk on my YouTube channel or on the CreativeMornings site.
In today’s episode,
- We really explore this idea of “the art of more”. The act of creating, and putting more work out there, despite our fear and it’s imperfections.
- If you want to be a good artist, you have to experience life.
- Finally, we end with audience questions which is always my favorite part of any talk. We get into how to break into a creative community, how to deal with “no”, and some of my biggest failures.
The best way of doing it is showing it.
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In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- The Art of More is putting more of yourself in your work, making more work and putting more work into the world. [2:30]
- My story of, how when I was 6, I realized that I could make money from making stuff. [3:00]
- There’s something around the art of imperfection that we need to value as a culture. [6:32]
- Listen to Macklemore debut his song “Wings” at a dinner series I put on, Songs for Eating and Drinking. [7:45]
- Macklemore created his success through his own vulnerability. [11:00]
- Ansel Adams first started selling his photography for $.25-$3.00, finding potential patrons by playing music at parties. [12:24]
- The truth about rules and rulemakers. [14:44]
- The power of personal work in my own career. [16:00]
- What went into my 3 year personal project, A Seattle 100. [16:30]
- How after coming off a month long campaign that produced 6 images total in New Zealand, I found a side of my most creative self shooting pictures on a 2 megapixel RAZR phone. [27:00]
- The short story of how CreativeLive was born. [31:45]
- My answer to the question: what do you have to do to get other people to buy what you’re doing? My answer: you have to live whatever you’re selling. Walk the talk. [36:27]
- Becoming sticky and gaining traction is all about making the thing that only you can make. [39:30]
- For more information and inspiration around vulnerability, get to know Brene Brown’s work. [40:40]
- My process for putting my ideas into action. [43:30]
- If you’re in the Seattle area, check out a restaurant I opened, Mkt. [44:15]
- Where I see CreativeLive taking online education, based on the power and importance of creativity. [46:00]
- Why becoming part of the community is going to propel your creative career. [49:27]
- My ultimate dream job is to make a feature length documentary. [51:07]
- How I deal with being told no to my ideas. [54:01]
- How I communicated my vision of Seattle 100 to relieve the pressure of releasing a personal project before it was ready. [56:30]
- My biggest failure was not letting Best Camera see it’s potential. [58:55]
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