“I don’t trust a guy without a dark side. Call me old fashioned.” Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The dark side or shadow self of some people leads to destructive or violent behavior, but getting in touch with the hidden or disowned parts of ourselves can help most of us […]
Stephen A. Diamond
One of those cliches about creative expression is to “Write what you know.” Maybe it can be expanded to “Create from what you know and who you are.” Lena Dunham is the creator, executive producer, and one of the stars of the HBO series “Girls” about four young women living in New York. She bases […]
What seems to be a setback, error or limitation, may often be valuable for encouraging more creative thinking and innovation.
Valerie Young writes about two “mistakes” that resulted in very successful products:
“Did you know, for exam…
“I’m a maniacal perfectionist. And if I weren’t, I wouldn’t have this company. It’s the best rap!” Martha Stewart added, “I have proven that being a perfectionist can be profitable and admirable when creating content across the board: in television, books, newspapers, radio, videos… All that content is impeccable.” [Oprah.com] Filmmaking and other arts often […]
A Wikipedia page summarizes some of the artist’s life: Fiona Apple is “a member of a family rich with roots in entertainment… she is the daughter of singer Diane McAfee and actor Brandon Maggart. “Her older sister, Amber Taleullah, sings cabaret under the stage name Maude Maggart. “At the age of twelve, Apple was raped […]