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Stephen Dorff on working in "Somewhere"

Stephen Dorff on working in “Somewhere”

“I find mimicking and accents and makeup the easiest kind of acting to do… “You can turn me into a woman, give me some heels, I can do that. I can find the voice, etc. “But just sit me on the sofa? If I’m acting at all in those scenes, it unravels the movie that […]

Aren't All Creative People Multitalented?

Aren’t All Creative People Multitalented?

They may be identified with one form of creativity – such as writing or acting, one of the visual arts, or performing music – but so many creative people work in multiple ways, in more than one area of expression. And they may not even think it is extraordinary to be so multifaceted. In his […]

Pete Townshend on facing the past and its traumas

Pete Townshend on facing the past and its traumas

Pete Townshend is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the rock group The Who – an artist in a career of more than 40 years. Rolling Stone magazine listed him among the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. His memoir ‘Who […]

Michael Jackson and Dabrowski Excitabilities

Michael Jackson and Dabrowski Excitabilities

Psychomotor Overexcitability is a “surplus of energy, pressure for action, restlessness, impulsive actions, competitiveness, sleeplessness.” Stephanie Tolan notes the original Polish word can be translated more literally as “superstimulatabilities” and “involves not just psychological factors but central nervous system sensitivity.” Michael Jackson exemplified a number of these qualities as a singer and dancer. See video and more […]

Alexis Smith

Making Meaning in Art: Alexis Smith, Eric Maisel

“I have a way to talk about whatever I want. And that’s more meaningful to me than whether people like my work or I make a lot of money.” That is a comment by collage artist Alexis Smith, in an interview article about her gallery show “Slice of Life,” created with poet Amy Gerstler. In […]

Kirsten Dunst and Dealing With Depression

Kirsten Dunst and Dealing With Depression

“I think most human beings go through some sort of depression in their life. And if they don’t, that’s weird.” Kirsten Dunst From an article by Josh Patner in Flare magazine, which continues: Dunst speaks from experience: In 2008, she checked into a rehab center in Utah to be treated for crippling depression. Things started […]

Margaret Lobenstine on Mozart types and the Renaissance Soul

Margaret Lobenstine on Mozart types and the Renaissance Soul

In her article Telling A Ben Franklin From A Mozart, A Swan From A Duck, Margaret Lobenstine describes how people of two distinct sorts develop their talents and interests.  She writes: “As the bell curve demonstrates, there’s a continuum between the Mozarts on one end, who have one lifelong passion, and the Franklins on the other, […]

Miss Aniela: Bringing Dreams to Life With Fashion Photography

Miss Aniela: Bringing Dreams to Life With Fashion Photography

“Optimum creativity is a birth: it needs a plan and foreknowledge, but it needs time, no pressure and an unexplainable force of nature.” Natalie Dybisz is a fashion photographer based in London, working under the name Miss Aniela. Her quote comes from this video – “The Best Environment for Creativity” – a clip from her […]

Kathryn Bigelow on the job of artists & the criticism of 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Kathryn Bigelow on the job of artists & the criticism of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

“Depiction is not endorsement. If it was, no artist would be able to paint inhumane practices.” More excerpts from her statement: First of all: I support every American’s 1st Amendment right to create works of art and speak their conscience without government interference or harassment. As a lifelong pacifist, I support all protests against the […]

Intuition, authenticity, anxiety and creativity

Intuition, authenticity, anxiety and creativity

Many actors, writers and other artists talk about using their intuition, about exploring identity and being authentic, and how fear and anxiety impacts their creative expression. Writer and director Cameron Crowe had a conversation with Emma Stone, covering some of these topics. Here are a few excerpts. Intuition Cameron Crowe: “Do you have a little […]

Neil Young on collecting trains, writing sober and saving the music industry

Neil Young on collecting trains, writing sober and saving the music industry

In his new memoir “Waging Heavy Peace” Neil Young writes about one of his passions, Lionel model trains: a “very extensive collection of rarities, all proudly displayed behind glass in a room with a giant train layout” on his Northern California ranch. He refers to his collection as “a Zen experience. They allow me to […]

Director Ang Lee, Introvert

Director Ang Lee, Introvert

“He is so sensitive and the way he directs you is so silent.” Actor Adil Hussain, of “Life of Pi” describing how Ang Lee works. The director recently won his second Academy Award for “Life of Pi”. In an article on leadership, author Susan Cain gives a number of examples of “effective Asian-American leaders” including Ang […]

Laurie Anderson: Be something different every day if you want.

Laurie Anderson: Be something different every day if you want.

Laurie Anderson is one of my favorite multitalented artists, with creative skills in many directions. Here are some highlights from her Wikipedia profile: She is an American experimental performance artist, composer and musician who plays violin and keyboards and sings in a variety of experimental music and art rock styles. Initially trained as a sculptor, Anderson […]

Alanis Morissette: Channeling rage and finding joy in creativity

Alanis Morissette: Channeling rage and finding joy in creativity

“I have full PTSD that I’m still working on. I’ve done hours of therapy to process everything.” – Alanis Morissette, about dealing with the fame and responses to her album Jagged Little Pill. She comments in the same article about some of the themes of her new album, Havoc and Bright Lights: “There are many […]

Creative People: Robert Fritz on Believing vs. Creating

Creative People: Robert Fritz on Believing vs. Creating

Robert Fritz notes that most creative people do not always hold positive attitudes and thoughts, or think that well of themselves. Here are excerpts from an article of his: For years we have heard that what you believe will determine how well you will succeed in life. So every year, people diligently attempt to change […]

Neil Gaiman On Writing

Neil Gaiman On Writing

“I will eventually grow up and get a real job. Until then, will keep making things up and writing them down.” Neil Gaiman talks about being a writer, the kinds of ideas and thinking that impact his creative work, using social media, and the opportunities for others to write. In the video at the end, […]

Steve Jobs: Intensities and Obsessions

Steve Jobs: Intensities and Obsessions

Excitabilites or unusual intensities in five areas: psychomotor, sensual, intellectual, imaginational and emotional, are personality traits and behaviors that many consider to be qualities of high ability people, traits which can be difficult or challenging, but may also contribute to developing outstanding talents. “I liked him. He was kind of skinny and wiry and full […]

Resources on Creative People, Personality and Mental Health

Resources on Creative People, Personality and Mental Health

This long page includes a video of my online 1 hour presentation, plus multiple short video excerpts, plus notes and multiple links to articles and other resources. Main topics: Personality: High Sensitivity | Self Concept / Self Esteem Mental Health: Anxiety | Depression | Trauma Sections include: A Complex Personality Insecurity and Androgyny High Sensitivity […]

Being more creative: Less affected by cultural biases

Being more creative: Less affected by cultural biases

Elaine Aron summarizes brain imaging research with HSPs (highly sensitive people) presented to a national conference for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. Here is part of her summary: In this study, 10 Americans of European descent and 10 East-Asians recently in the U.S. underwent “functional magnetic resonance imaging” (fMRI). This means that while […]

Can Depression Help Us To Be More Creative?

Can Depression Help Us To Be More Creative?

“Though my dark side is dormant right now, it continues to play a big role in whatever capacity I have to be creative.” Jessica Lange said of her depression years ago that “it was really a tough one. And when I came out, I felt like I had gone through something and come out the […]

The creative personality - "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner

The creative personality – “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner

The excellent TV series “Mad Men” is a drama about the lives – both inner and outer – of executives, writers and secretaries in an advertising agency in the 1960s. It has garnered numerous Emmys and other awards. The show was profiled in a magazine article by Bruce Handy, who writes that “at its core […]

Dee Rees On Filming A Universal Story Of Identity

Dee Rees On Filming A Universal Story Of Identity

“It was just a story I wanted to tell. Writing it was an expression of my own coming out. Getting it out there was willpower, feeling this is a universal story about identity and it has to be told.” Writer and director Dee Rees is referring to her movie “Pariah” – about a lesbian teenager […]

Alan Rickman on Being a Storyteller and Artist

Alan Rickman on Being a Storyteller and Artist

Like many actors and artists, Alan Rickman is a complex mix of passions and personality. He talks about his love and respect for writing, and the insecurity and self-criticism that so many creative people experience. He has portrayed many powerful and intriguing characters, including Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series. In this video about […]

Painter Rebecca Alzofon on Developing Creativity

Painter Rebecca Alzofon on Developing Creativity

Painter Rebecca Alzofon thinks “sitting still and letting ideas pass through you” is a necessary part of the creative process. “Creative work doesn’t start without stillness.” But it may take some fortitude discipline to stop ‘doing’ all the time. “A lot of people panic at first,” she says, “if they’re not used to this, they […]

Milla Jovovich: "Inspire yourself"

Milla Jovovich: “Inspire yourself”

“As a model, a lot of girls think, ‘I can just show up and be beautiful.’ I always showed up with the intent of, I’m a muse and I will inspire you because I am inspiring myself.” Milla Jovovich was born in Kiev, Ukraine to father Bogdanovitch Jovovich (Serbian doctor) and mother Galina Loginova Jovovich […]

Creative People Shouldn't 'Tone It Down'

Creative People Shouldn’t ‘Tone It Down’

By Cynthia Morris I’ve been accused of being ‘too much’ all my life. Too loud, too fast, too smart, too multi-talented, too audacious. I’ve never been able to live according to that external standard of ‘just right’. Artists are often ‘too much’. It’s the job of the artist and writer to reflect what they see […]

Book: “The Creative Mind: Identity and Confidence”

Book: “The Creative Mind: Identity and Confidence”

This is the first title in my planned Creative Mind series, which explores creative talents and creative expression in terms of personal development and psychology. A number of topics are included, such as personality, inspiration, self-concept, high sensitivity, beliefs, mental health and mood, fear and courage. Information from multiple coaches and experts in psychology is […]

PJ Harvey: Keep moving into unknown territory

PJ Harvey: Keep moving into unknown territory

In an article, musician PJ Harvey talks about staying vital and creative. “I think of myself more as an explorer than as a maker of pop music,” PJ Harvey said while she was in town to play a sold-out show at the Orpheum Theatre [in 2007] supporting “White Chalk,” her latest album. “I don’t want to […]

Creative Visionary Philip K. Dick

Creative Visionary Philip K. Dick

A Science Channel documentary noted the writing of Philip K. Dick inspires research in “physics, robotics, even law enforcement” and that more movies have been made from his stories and novels than any other sci-fi author. “I want to write about people I love, and put them into a fictional world spun out of my […]

Ai Weiwei: artist and activist: "Make a little effort"

Ai Weiwei: artist and activist: “Make a little effort”

The site for the documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” by director Alison Klayman describes him as “China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. “Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut […]

Artist Stephen C. Layne on creative expression

Artist Stephen C. Layne on creative expression

Artist Stephen C. Layne comments on some of his creative thinking and process: “There is something so unexpected when seeing a picture of a piece of your work. It’s similar to my first gallery opening. A picture can’t change just as a piece can no longer be altered once it is in public, untouchable on […]