Humans take mental shortcuts all the time. We kind of have to, you know? Time is short, there’s a lot to do, and it’s a big world out there. We can’t evaluate every situation from the ground up, so our brains use simple rules called heuristics to save time. Heuristics are super handy and efficient. […]
Below, you'll find articles on the importance of creative expression. Topics include how to overcome a fear of starting, the role of inspiration in the creative process, and why amateurs can't let creative professionals have all the fun!
Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. — Chuck Close Do you need to be inspired in order to create? The answer seems obvious: yes. If a painting inspires its viewers, it must been created by an inspired artist, right? I say no. Inspiration makes for a […]
You have a hobby you love, and you’re good at it. Good enough to make a living, maybe. You also have a day job you don’t love. Should you quit your job and start a business? Should you turn your hobby into your career? It’s a fascinating question, and I’ve lived both sides of it: […]
What is an orchestra audience paying for, exactly? Why would an art lover buy a painting from a local artist? When a college freshman visits his academic advisor, what is he hoping to find? The answers seem self-evident: Music, art, and information, respectively. Duh. But we’re missing a crucial ingredient. Well-Executed Art Isn’t Enough If […]
Every job requires tools. Whatever kind of creative work you do (or want to do), you’ll eventually have to wrestle with this question: What equipment do I need? This is a tricky question for two reasons: Buying gear is super fun. We’re great at convincing ourselves we need more gear. And come on! Who doesn’t […]
Musicians are supposed to practice sight-reading (playing music we’ve never seen before). Sight-reading is a crucial skill. We need to be able to sound good playing anything, not just music we’ve practiced for weeks. Practicing sight-reading is dead simple: you practice it by doing it. But simple doesn’t mean easy, and sight-reading is also uncomfortable. […]