Articles on Creativity

How To Plan And Teach An Animation Camp For Kids

This article is a case study of how I helped develop and run a summer animation camp for a group of 16 very enthusiastic kids. Myth: We Should Wait For the State To Provide A Quality Creative Education For Our Children. One of the developmental creative myths that I...

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How To Have The Most Creative Year EVER in 2016

Click Here to Get the Workbook for this article. Generally, I try to avoid clichés. That includes writing year-end posts with titles like "How to Have The Most Creative Year Ever In [ insert year here. ]". But since I'm so fond of irony, i'll go ahead and write this...

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15 Ways To Get Creatively Motivated

We've all been there. We want to be productive artists who get recognized for our work... but we just can't seem to get off our duff and actually create the art. It's kind of a chicken-and-egg situation, when you think about it... we want to have the benefits of being...

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The Messy Artist Myth

This is the third in a series of posts called "The 12 Artist Myths" that explores the most common widely held beliefs people have about artists and creative individuals of all types. It also represents beliefs that we artists have about ourselves that hold us...

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12 Ways Fear Stops Artists Dead In Their Tracks

As painful as this is… It’s time to talk about fear. Nobody except for crazy people are immune to fear. Artists are especially vulnerable to fear, because by necessity we have to be sensitive to the world around us. We get used to our fears. We're so accustomed to...

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Articles on Artistic Fulfillment

How To Plan And Teach An Animation Camp For Kids

This article is a case study of how I helped develop and run a summer animation camp for a group of 16 very enthusiastic kids. Myth: We Should Wait For the State To Provide A Quality Creative Education For Our Children. One of the developmental creative myths that I...

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How Everyone Can Benefit From A Charity Art Auction

This is, quite literally, what a stampede for art looks like. (Click the video below.) This depicts the scene at a recent art event called Canvas For A Cause, benefitting the Children's Medical Center of Dallas. The annual art auction was held at ReelFX Creative...

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The Talent Myth

There has always been a lot of excessive attention placed on raw talent. It's easy to understand why. The youthful prodigy that practically emerges from the womb playing concertos makes a much more compelling story than the quasi-talented hard worker. But the...

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11 Ways Artists Can Better Manage Their Time

As artists, we often struggle with time.  Perhaps it’s because we intuitively discovered the theory of relativity centuries before Einstein was able to formally describe it. We discovered that the creative process tends to operate independently of time. This is...

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The Messy Artist Myth

This is the third in a series of posts called "The 12 Artist Myths" that explores the most common widely held beliefs people have about artists and creative individuals of all types. It also represents beliefs that we artists have about ourselves that hold us...

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The Secret to Overcoming Creative Block

We have all heard if, if not experienced, the mythical beast called writer's block. Yes, that's right. I said it. It's a myth. Let's go back to the definition of myth: A popularly held, but erroneous, belief. It has all the checkpoints of a myth. It's certainly a...

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Articles on Marketing Your Art

Sell The Outcome, Not The Art

It's easy to get wrapped up in the product we are creating, at the expense of recognizing its end result. What sells is not pixels, posters, or paint. What people want is the outcome. In sales circles, they frequently talk about a person selling drills. To sell a...

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How Everyone Can Benefit From A Charity Art Auction

This is, quite literally, what a stampede for art looks like. (Click the video below.) This depicts the scene at a recent art event called Canvas For A Cause, benefitting the Children's Medical Center of Dallas. The annual art auction was held at ReelFX Creative...

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Articles on Money

Rich Artist, Poor Artist

Do you have a rich mindset… or a poor one? I wasn't born a natural entrepreneur. I had to be trained. ~ Robert Kiyosaki A few years ago I read an amazing little book. You may have heard of it. The book is called “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. Robert makes it...

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How To Sell Your Art Without Feeling Bad About It

Why do we think of sales as a dirty process to be avoided? Are our negative experiences with invasive telemarketers and over-inquisitive department store staff causing us to see all sales in a negative way? I can certainly relate with that feeling. I value my privacy...

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11 Steps to Better Finances for Artists and Creatives

It almost seems like they don't belong in the same sentence: "finance" and "art".   In fact, many who create for a living prefer to just make pretty stuff and let others do the "dirty work" of number crunching. But to completely abstain from all personal...

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6 Steps To Selling Your Creative Work

Selling Doesn't Have To Be Scary Words like "selling" can be terrifying to an artist. I certainly avoided the word like the plague nearly all of my life, ever since I was pressed into selling magazines for my school fundraiser. It was here, in sixth grade, that I...

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The Starving Artist Myth

This is the first in a series of posts called "The 12 Artist Myths" that explores the most common widely held beliefs people have about artists and creative individuals of all types. It also represents beliefs that we artists have about ourselves that hold us...

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Articles on Your Creative Business

How To Have The Most Creative Year EVER in 2016

Click Here to Get the Workbook for this article. Generally, I try to avoid clichés. That includes writing year-end posts with titles like "How to Have The Most Creative Year Ever In [ insert year here. ]". But since I'm so fond of irony, i'll go ahead and write this...

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Sell The Outcome, Not The Art

It's easy to get wrapped up in the product we are creating, at the expense of recognizing its end result. What sells is not pixels, posters, or paint. What people want is the outcome. In sales circles, they frequently talk about a person selling drills. To sell a...

read more

Articles on Having The Proper Artist Mindset

How To Plan And Teach An Animation Camp For Kids

This article is a case study of how I helped develop and run a summer animation camp for a group of 16 very enthusiastic kids. Myth: We Should Wait For the State To Provide A Quality Creative Education For Our Children. One of the developmental creative myths that I...

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How To Have The Most Creative Year EVER in 2016

Click Here to Get the Workbook for this article. Generally, I try to avoid clichés. That includes writing year-end posts with titles like "How to Have The Most Creative Year Ever In [ insert year here. ]". But since I'm so fond of irony, i'll go ahead and write this...

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The Consumer Myth

The Consumer Myth is the idea that artists and creatives can consume media without being affected by it. My generation spent much of our childhoods convincing our parents that this wasn't true, especially when it came to video games. We certainly weren't alone - we...

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