Gloriously crappy

As kids, we are used to being crappy at things. We are crappy at most stuff most of the time. We go around – from crappy keyboard-playing to crappy maths homework – without a second look. We were all once gloriously crappy at everything we did. We rode our bikes into strangers and painted bizarrely-shaped … Continue reading Gloriously crappy

Make it hot

Finding the energy to make your work great can be hard – sometimes it feels impossible to even begin. How can we create our best artworks? How can our work be as great as the work we love? People, I think I’ve cracked it. Greatness is hotness. Wait, what is hotness? Let’s start with what … Continue reading Make it hot

What’s the big idea?

Creativity is sometimes defined by having a big, important idea. It’s the feeling that if your art work is a reflection of you – a unique imprint that is a result of your experiences and the work of your obscure and mysterious soul – then how do you actually sit down and make it? It’s … Continue reading What’s the big idea?

Betweening: how to find fulfilment

Often we feel like we are missing something. It’s common, if not ubiquitous, to have the sense that you are not ‘leaving anything behind’, or that you should and could be doing more to help fellow man. There’s a desire to be part of something beneficial for the world, to leave a legacy, to make … Continue reading Betweening: how to find fulfilment

How you look is the least interesting thing about you

Body image is certainly not a new issue. If we look back through history, we see endless examples of ‘beauty’ and the impact of being- or not-being considered beautiful. Today, the issue is perpetuated by social media and an unattainable homogeneity of the concept of beauty. We are taught that one size fits all, that … Continue reading How you look is the least interesting thing about you

The Kruger-Dunning effect and why you feel like a fake

In 1999, Justin Kruger and David Dunning, from Cornell University, New York, discovered a cognitive bias which showed that people who lack the skills or abilities for something are also more likely to have less awareness of their inability, and think they’re better than they are (we all know someone who thinks they’re a great … Continue reading The Kruger-Dunning effect and why you feel like a fake

99 Problems and being “Gen-Y” is one

I recently read that article about the unhappiness of ‘Generation Y’ – the group that were born between the 1970s and mid 1990s. There’s quite a big age-gap between those 1970s babies and the 1990s kids, and while our tastes and interests may vary, the Gen-Y trait of inadequacy is a secret thread that pulls … Continue reading 99 Problems and being “Gen-Y” is one

In the comfort zone: 10 things that help you feel happier

We spend a lot of our time being told that the best things happen outside of our comfort zone. And for many of us, we find a great number of new experiences, friends, joy and adventure in the ‘un-comfort zone’. But with all the noise of productivity, bucket lists and one-upmanship of social media, sometimes … Continue reading In the comfort zone: 10 things that help you feel happier

And the bee comes

The flower doesn’t dream of the bee, it blossoms and the bee comes. – Mark Nepo I love this quote by poet and philosopher, Mark Nepo. It captures the essence of non-attachment in its simplest and most beautiful way. ‘It blossoms and the bee comes.’ There is no need for effort beyond the action. The … Continue reading And the bee comes

Thanks, but no thanks: a guide to being unceremoniously shot down

Creative professionals often have the lion’s share of the world’s rejection letters. Some artists – actors especially – say they grow a thicker skin, while other artists can develop drinking problems, self-doubt or depression. If you put your work into the world – auditioning for jobs or sending your manuscripts out – unless you are very … Continue reading Thanks, but no thanks: a guide to being unceremoniously shot down