Finding your space

Earlier this week I shared some thoughts about creative spaces (and uncreative spaces). This morning, this article on creative spaces popped into my Twitter feed courtesy of my friend Leilani (also a writer and filmmaker). As I scrolled through the images on my phone I came to a sudden realisation about working spaces: they are […]

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Do it well

A few months ago Zack Braff attracted the usual “he’s already rich enough” backlash for putting a project on Kickstarter to raise money from his fans for a not-quite-direct-sequel to GARDEN STATE. One of the perks (at just $10) was to received production updates, something that many/most filmmakers offer as a base-level perk for their […]

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Be prepared to walk away from your ideas

From time to time we all find ourselves in situations that at first seem like fantastic ideas and great opportunities, but then turn sour and move away from our first impressions. The same goes for creating content – we often jot down ideas, notes, concepts that we think will make great pieces of content that […]

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The distraction chair (and other creative spaces)

A couple of weeks ago I found this piece on 99u. In it, Herbert Lui shares Jack Gheng’s concept of having a dedicated chair that he uses for distractions (checking email, social networks etc) that sits away from his desk where he does most of his work. This is a great concept, but it’s not […]

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Our greatest success is ahead

Watching TV the other day (something relatively rare for me), I heard a woman say, “I can’t escape the feeling that my greatest successes are behind me.” I immediately felt sad for her. As creators we can never allow ourselves to think our greatest successes are behind us, they must always be in our future. […]

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Stop caring

People on social networks have this nasty habit of caring too much. They use websites to track who’s unfollowed them, they pay attention to the people who have stopped paying attention to them, they fret over each and every single bump in their path. These things don’t matter. What matters is the people who are […]

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On consistency

Earlier this year Seth Godin posted his 5,000th blog post. That’s an enormous number. That’s more than 13 years’ worth of daily posts. Seth reached this milestone (and the epic size of audience he now attracts) because he’s consistent: he shows up every day with quality content that speaks to his audience clearly and concisely, […]

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Stop gaming the social networks

If you want more followers on social media, create and curate great content that adds value to their lives, don’t game the system by randomly following a ton of people in the hope they’ll follow back. It doesn’t add value to you or to them, it just adds numbers to your bottom line. But quantity […]

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The new generation is stupid

The kids leaving school and college today don’t know how the world works. They don’t listen to us when we tell them the natural order of things. They won’t learn what we give them to learn. They set about doing things that they should learn from their elders all by themselves – trial and error, […]

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It’s only for now

I’m a huge fan of AVENUE Q, the irreverent puppet musical that puts and adult spin on Sesame Street. It’s not just the pleasure of hearing a Muppet say “fuck”, it’s also a great distillation of how our hopes and dreams for life change, adapt and evolve throughout our lives (especially straight out of school). […]

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