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Film producer Nina Sadowsky -

on working collaboratively

by Douglas Eby

"Women become more able to go out and show their creativity."

Audrey Hope, the creator and host of "Reel Women" (broadcast on the Wisdom Network), is referring to one of her interview programs with Joan Borysenko, titled "Honoring the Sacred Gifts of Womanhood." 

Hope notes one of the topics was that "women get more male hormones as they age, and men get more of the female. Women become more action-oriented as they age, and more able to go out into the world and show their creativity."

Hope started her program to talk about "women in media, and how it damaged us. Through the years, the show has come into women's spirituality." One direction of her discussions with guests is how women can grow personally and creatively within corporate, patriarchal systems. 

"Men are always sort of on a ladder: one step, get higher, higher. Women function in a circle," Hope says. "Women are learning how to access and honor their true power, their innate feminine wisdom."

Audrey was recently part of a group with a number of other women in the film business, and she found "We got so much from being with each other. There wasn't a lot of ego, and we exchanged so much. There was a lot of passing each other's stuff around for others to read. It was wonderful."

Film producer Nina Sadowsky also speaks of this kind of creative rapport: "There is a large degree of trust in working creatively. Particularly in this day and age when people are so defined by their work, it becomes very personal: you reject an idea, you're rejecting a person. 

"You have to be part psychologist and part politician to work creatively and collaboratively," she continues, "make it clear that you're a safe haven. I'm not a screamer, and I'm not critical unless I think I can be constructive. Even if I have a different idea, I try always to hear out the opposing idea and think it through, and not get wed to my ideas through ego." 

She emphasizes the "enemy of creativity is being reactive, rather than proactive." 

As a partner with Meg Ryan in their film company Prufrock Pictures ("Lost Souls"; "Desert Saints" and other films), she develops the kind of relationships with writers and other filmmakers that encourage creativity.

Referring to approaches to help her work and her own creative writing, Sadowsky says she uses "kind of a hodgepodge" of things: "I do yoga and meditation and also on occasion throw the I Ching or read tarot cards. I don't think any of these things provide answers for you, but I think in the very hectic lives we all lead, they do provide a structure and forum to sit down and start thinking about the answers yourself. 

"But I run a company, I have two small children, a husband, a very busy life. I find myself brushing my teeth and reading a script and making the coffee, always trying to multitask. And that is the enemy of creativity. For creativity, you really need a still mind and a quiet place. I try to be fairly disciplined about it, and make some time for myself every week."

She recalls years ago using Julia Cameron's book "The Artists Way" and finding it helpful, especially the daily journal writing: "Doing the morning pages force you to start every day with that head-clearing openness, and it allows you to be more receptive to what is going on in the world."

Author and intuition consultant Nancy Rosanoff also asserts the value of making a time and place for stillness: "Because our culture bombards us from every side to keep busy, we really do have to make an active effort to do nothing." [from "The Key to Creativity", Intuition magazine, issue 8]

Rosanoff suggests encouraging the incubation period of the creative process by finding activities that will "take your mind off the problem: Take a day off, get some exercise, cook a nice meal. In addition, there are some things you can do to help access your intuitive side: playing an instrument, meditating, doing yoga, and yes, even sleeping. You can't force an illumination; don't even try." 

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Nancy Rosanoff.  Intuition Workout : A Practical Guide to Discovering and Developing Your Inner Knowing

Julia Cameron.  The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Linda Seger.  Web Thinking: Connecting, Not Competing, for Success

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