Picking a creative career like writing would be impossible without blind faith in oneself. I've always worked at being the hero of my own story, someone I would root for in a book, or onscreen, but now the scope of the story is growing and I can't predict the plotline.
Her work is precarious but her practice is steady. A recipient of numerous accolades, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Arts and Letters award, contemporary sculptor Arlene Shechet is constantly on the move.
This week at a book signing in Santa Monica, I spoke about how my heart was broken when a Somali mob murdered my son, Dan Eldon, a 22-year-old Reuters photojournalist, together with three of his young colleagues in Mogadishu in 1993.
In the world of advertising, there are two sides -- you are either the agency or you are the client. I've spent my fair share of time on both sides of the fence and have been in the industry long enough to know the relationship dynamic between both sides.
They are brothers, they are twins, they are sometimes goth, they are sometimes glam, and more often than not, they are unabashedly honest. They are Wyatt and Fletcher Shears of Orange County based neo-punk band The Garden.
One of the great struggles of any creative profession is coming up with an ingenious and original idea in a timely manner. Lightning strikes of inspiration are often few and far between, which makes it hard to convince people to give you money for your ideas.
There are two specific personalities that often show up together on technology businesses -- the Creative and the Analytical. These two styles are diametrically opposed in terms of how they approach problems, yet they both bring the most value to a product in development.
Creative magic happens when an artist is deeply involved in their art form. Add a creative partner (or two) to the mix and you've got enough knowledge and experience to spark a multitude of creative advancements.
Everyone can experience this creative flow especially with the art and practice of mindfulness meditation. It all starts with just 10 minutes once or twice a day of closing your eyes, breathing in and out and watching with wonder and joy how your inner core of gold unfolds.
I've got a horse but I still think of him as a pony. He certainly acts like it. Red, named for his sorrel color, is no longer young and he's far from old. That's part of the problem. He's getting too old to train, but he's too young to saddle.
Successful relationships are characterized by, among other things, emotional transparency and sexual pleasure. Fifty Shades of Gray provides one example from an infinite number of possibilities of what that can look like.
The latest and hottest start-ups aren't coming from Silicon Valley anymore. David Noël is the VP of Community at Soundcloud, which is based in Berlin. Here he talks with me about creative collaboration and how Soundcloud is enabling it between artists and fans.
Most entrepreneurs think first of bank loans as the primary source of money, only to find out that banks are really the least likely benefactors for startups. Thus "creative" really means maximizing non-bank financing.