Posts tagged artist
3 Pieces of Advice on the Elusive Task of Working From Home

Here is a not-so-secret secret: only very recently have I figured out a schedule and way of working that suits me and even then, I know that there is still a lot to learn and improve. It has taken a long time to begin to scratch the surface of how I can be the most productive without driving myself crazy or working non-stop.

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Project Announcement | Conversations in Process

You have probably figured out by now that I am starting a podcast titled Process Piece- interviews with artists on the complex behind-the-scenes of how and why they make their work. However, this is part of a larger personal project.

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"Don't Think. Jump." | Advice on Taking a Creative Plunge

“Don’t think, jump.” That is what a teenage boy said to me as I peeked over the edge of a seemingly-high cliff into the icy blue water of Lake Superior. Him and his friend had been doing flips and all sorts of acrobatic leaps the whole morning while my friend and I looked on, deciding if our 13-year-old selves had the guts to join.

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Dumping Your Toxic Boyfriend

Before you ask- no, I have not suddenly made a strange and uncharacteristic switch into the realm of dating advice. The toxic boyfriend (or girlfriend/partner) that I refer to above alludes to a different kind of relationship. The complicated partnership between you and your work. 

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What Lifts You Up When You're Down? | Identifying Your Fundamental Passion

I realized through being sick that dance is what will always pull me up from negativity. Yes, I love to write, I love to cook and bake and practice yoga, but none of these things feed my soul and spirit in the same way that dance and choreography does. Dance saves me and lifts me up when I’m down. 

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Not Everything Should Be Shared | The Case For Taking A Quiet Creative Pause

If one is constantly shuttling forward, it is all too easy to leave the “why” of it- that second degree of quality and meaning- lost in the dust along the trail somewhere. Sometimes we have to halt in our tracks, take a few steps back, and quietly rediscover our personal reasons for making work…

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Work Behind the Work | Lauren Stringer, Children's Book Author + Illustrator

It has been far too long since my first Work Behind the Work interview. One of my goals this year for this space is to make it a regular feature, highlighting the process and beautiful minds of creatives and artists that I am lucky enough to know. 

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Choreolab Basel + The Importance of Empowerment and Play

Walking into the first day of a dance intensive always brings me back to that first-day-of-school feeling. Observing the fellow students in your classroom, trying to pick up on the subtle overall vibe of the group in order to align your expectations accordingly. However, unlike my first days of school, the first day of any dance intensive usually brings out more excitement than nerves and usually is paired with a creative willingness to let go of personal judgements and keep an open mind about what might happen in the studio. That’s the aim, anyway.

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A Poem in Motion | Two Countries by Naomi Shihab Nye

I am writing less than I normally do today, because this- this is about the movement. Sometimes dance doesn't need too many extra words. 

Several days ago I made myself go to the studio for the first time in about two weeks. Between plans with friends, teaching yoga, a bruised arch on my left foot and a general lack of inspiration or spark, I just could not be bothered to get myself into that space of creativity and movement.

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