In recent months I’ve become fascinated by the routines and day-to-day practices of creative people, in an effort to understand how they actually get things done. Hence, a new series of interviews where creators talk about how they accomplish anything at all in this busy life.
Cassie Shankman is composer, DJ, pianist and one of the busiest, friendliest people I know. Not only does she create compositions with The Movement Tracks Project which uses brain-based movement technology and music to help people walk again, she's also the co-founder and head of marketing for Picardy Learning, an online platform that helps develop musicianship and music theory skills. Additionally she plays with Austin-based band Russel Taine Jr. and DJs under the name Cass&Ra. Her commitment to doing what she loves, as well as her ability to manage so many different projects is both inspired and inspiring. Read More
In recent months I’ve become fascinated by the routines and day-to-day practices of creative people, in an effort to understand how they actually get it done. Hence, a new series of interviews where creators talk about how they accomplish anything at all in this busy life.
Not only has the charismatic Katie Folger been featured in shows such as Rooster Teeth's Day 5, to films such as The Honor Farm, which premiered this year at SXSW— the Austin-based actress is also a director, writer and entrepreneur. This month, she and her creative partner Juliet Robb, successfully raised over $16,000 to launch their comedy series Dynamite Sisters Comedy. Her thoughtful responses to how she gets it all done are a refreshing reminder that everything is a process, and that it's the process, not the outcome, that truly matters.
How do you deal with the continual ebb and flow of “success” as an artist?
I’ve found that being an artist is a wholehearted embrace of uncertainty. We do not do what we do for the results— we do it for the joy of the work and the process with the ultimate and great hope that we can touch others. But ultimately, I’ve found that the outcome of my actions are outside of my control and not my responsibility— therefore it’s frivolous to overly concern myself with it. There’s almost a science to it, that very simple cliche— you get back what you give. And I’ve found that the more richly and deeply I commit myself to my work and this fabulous, wild journey, the more I am enriched, the more I am grounded, and the more I am presently surprised. When you're in theatre school they don’t tell you how it hard it’s going to be. It is hard. Read More
The past week or so I’ve been really missing my grandmother. She died in March. Recently, I was at work, sorting packets of Splenda when I had a sudden wave of grief— she always drank decaf coffee with Splenda, which is so gross but I would give pretty much anything to sit at her marble kitchen table with her while she slowly flipped through the newspaper. She used to send me clippings in the mail of anything she thought would interest me. No note usually, just the clipping. Read More
In recent months I’ve become fascinated by the routines and day-to-day practices of creative people, because I want to know how they actually do it. Hence, a new monthly series where I interview a creator about how they accomplish anything at all in this busy, busy life.
Abiola Ogunbiyi is quite possibly one of the most talented and hardworking people I’ve ever met— not only does she sing like a goddess, she’s a wholly remarkable actor, incredible writer and sometimes DJ. She is one of the smartest, brightest people I've ever met. From New York City to the West End in London, her creativity, determination and passion for her work continue to blow me away. Read More