Raphael Saadiq said that as a bass-playing kid growing up in Oakland, any band you’d want to play with was going to put you to the test with a specific song. You had to be ready for it because it was going to be sink or swim. What do you play, bass? Yeah? Ok. Let’s … Continue reading Sunday Music: POW – Battlefunk!
How you'll know if it’s creative work: you can’t do it perfectly. You can’t write the perfect message, play the song exactly right, fully nail the presentation, crush teaching the class, figure out where the blender looks best on the countertop, etc. Maybe you think “they” can. But that’s not how creativity works, it’s how … Continue reading How To Know If It’s “Creative” Work
"What are you going to do with that degree? You're going to need a plan B. And a plan C. You're wasting your money." Ever been told that? Good. This one is for you. Listen up - your creative streak is worth (much) more than you think. The world may not know how to value … Continue reading Your Creative Streak Is Worth (Much) More Than You Think
Oh to be a fly on the wall for this one. Rounders and Pulp Fiction were critical parts of my formative years, and I still hold these movies on such a pedestal when it comes to dialogue, stories, and character. To have the writers of each sitting together and geeking out over each other's work … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Quentin Tarantino
Coco Chanel gave this piece of fashion advice, and you can just as readily apply it to your writing: On your way out the door, stop and look in the mirror. Then take one thing off. There’s almost always something to cut. Even if it doesn’t feel right or like it violates our prior work. … Continue reading Fashion Advice From Coco Chanel
Since this conversation has been had with a number of you over the past few months, I decided to make it a post and highlight how the three intersect. These books matter as much for writing a novel as they do for getting that pitch ready for your boardroom, talking up your youth sports team … Continue reading Three Essential Books For Storytelling (And How I Use Them)
Storyboarding, or the act of breaking a story down into individual panels (think like a comic strip), has always fascinated me. It's a reminder that the sweeping story that floods past you is actually created from all of these individual frames, stitched together. And, in movies, somebody like Jennifer Yuh Nelson has the job of … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Storyboarding (Where You Make Your Mistakes)
Have something you want people to know about you or your business? Good. Now, answer these two questions: Who wants what, and what stops them from getting it? That tells you who the hero is and what they’re up against. That’s the magnet that’s going to suck people in. Anybody who hears you start it … Continue reading What’s The Story You’re Going To Tell Them?
Ok, so it’s not a podcast, but you don’t need the video if you want to just listen to it - so get over yourself, will you? (Which is essentially what I’m telling myself as I’m breaking form here and not giving you a literal podcast. Ok. I forgive me, I hope you can too. … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: John Cleese On Creativity
It’s a great feeling to sit in front of someone, take them through our process and have them say, “This makes so much sense now.” To them, it’s a magic trick. To us, it’s another day at the office. I was listening to Patrick O’Shaughnessy interview Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson about their core values (amongst … Continue reading Draw The Owl