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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Creativity and madness - Rollo May and Emily Dickinson on mental health and creative people

Creativity and madness – Rollo May and Emily Dickinson on mental health and creative people

The topic of mental health and creative people is endlessly intriguing to many people, myself included, and is addressed in many articles on the Talent Development Resources series of sites. Here are a couple of related items, plus links to more: “Creative people, as I see them, are distinguished by the fact that they can […]

The Multitalented Seth MacFarlane

The Multitalented Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane, an Academy Awards host, was “a serious singer and musician who’s sold out New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Royal ­Albert Hall” and is “the highest-paid TV writer in history” [for Family Guy, and American Dad!]. But he admits, “I wish I was better at taking in how great my life is, but […]

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 […]

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, […]

Louise Bourgeois: A Balance Between Extremes

Louise Bourgeois: A Balance Between Extremes

Her creative work can be “psychologically disturbing, sexually loaded and wickedly funny” according to an interview article, in which artist Louise Bourgeois talked about her emotional and social influences: “My work is a form of psychoanalysis. It is a way of coming to grips with my anxiety and fears. It is an attempt to be […]

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 […]

Cheryl Arutt on Mental Health and Creative People

Cheryl Arutt on Mental Health and Creative People

Clinical psychologist Cheryl Arutt specializes in trauma recovery and creative artist issues. In our audio interview, she talks about many topics, such as: “Bad boy” images and acting-out Actors and actresses with “bad boy” or “troubled” images, or problems with issues of anger and acting out, have included Christian Bale, Shia Labeouf and many other talented […]

Ginny Ruffner: "That bad time made me more creative."

Ginny Ruffner: “That bad time made me more creative.”

Many people face challenges in their lives they not only overcome, but are able to use for enhancing their creative work. Mixed-media and glass artist Ginny Ruffner recovered from a near fatal car accident and a coma for five weeks and was confined to a hospital for five months. A description on her site ginnyruffner.com […]

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 […]

Diablo Cody on Developing Creativity

Diablo Cody on Developing Creativity

Diablo Cody wrote some of my favorite projects: the films Juno, and Jennifer’s Body, and the unfortunately canceled TV series United States of Tara. In several interviews and her own writing before the Oscar win, she talked about her perspectives on creative expression, on being an artist, and keeping her work real. “The stuff that […]

Georgia O'Keeffe: "I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me..."

Georgia O’Keeffe: “I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me…”

“I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me…shapes and ideas so near to me…so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down…” From the Georgia O’Keeffe profile page [which includes more quotes and some of her paintings.] Joan […]

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 […]

Polanski: Should artists get a morality hall pass?

Polanski: Should artists get a morality hall pass?

Many artists are eccentric, contrary, even offensive, subversive or transgressive. Living on the edge in behavior and thinking, they are even expected to be “law-breakers” or at least “envelope-pushers.” And divergent thinking and action can fuel creativity and even positive social change. But there is also the issue of morality and out of bounds, “bad” […]

"I was the shyest human ever..." - Ingrid Bergman

“I was the shyest human ever…” – Ingrid Bergman

“I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up.” – Ingrid Bergman  [imdb.com] ~ ~ Related : Artistic confidence – Being shy and an actor Actors and High Sensitivity Shyness, Introversion, Sensitivity – What’s the Difference? Shy or Introverted or Highly Sensitive in the Arts. ~~~ […]

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 […]

Thinking Like Leonardo Da Vinci

Thinking Like Leonardo Da Vinci

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci “We tried to make something much more holistic and simple.” Steve Jobs Commenting about the iPod, Steve Jobs said “Look at the design of a lot of consumer products — they’re really complicated surfaces. We tried to make something much more holistic and simple.” Michael Gelb is […]

Rodríguez: Hidden Genius

Rodríguez: Hidden Genius

Many gifted writers, actors, designers, entrepreneurs and other talented people achieve a lot, make notable contributions to the world, and gain recognition. But much larger numbers are not acknowledged by others, or even themselves. Author Marylou Kelly Streznewski writes, “Overall, I have concluded that there are large numbers of frustrated gifted adults, who can be […]

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 […]

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 […]

Photographer Irving Penn

Photographer Irving Penn

Portrait of Pablo Picasso by Irving Penn | 1917-2009 Irving Penn “didn’t worry about questions of art versus commerce,” said Colin Westerbeck, a former photography curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, which owns a large collection of Penn’s work. “Photography is a mass medium available to anyone. A few geniuses, like Irving Penn, redeem […]

Gordon Parks: a Renaissance Man

Gordon Parks: a Renaissance Man

Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was often referred to as a Renaissance man, as noted in an obituary by Dennis McLellan [Los Angeles Times March 8, 2006], and lived up to the label: “In addition to his photography, film work and poetry, he composed a symphony, sonatas, concertos, film scores, and wrote novels, instructional photography manuals, essays and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Being Creative and A Mother

Being Creative and A Mother

How does being a mother affect a creative woman, especially someone engaged in a career in the arts? “The motherhood thing – I think of it like a marathon, except a marathon is over in a day. It’s an endurance test and it’s something you absolutely can’t stop for a second. “Part of what makes […]

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 […]

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 […]