The more I learnt about Hayao Miyazaki’s process, the less I feared creative collaboration. Following my idol’s approach, I was able to be assured that sharing my ideas with other creatives could be an enriching experience and help bring my projects to fruition.
For as long as I can remember, creativity has been the foundation of every hobby and favoured pastime I have had. I thrived in imagination, whether it was music, theatre, drama, reading—even playing make believe. I loved all of it, every moment on stage, every song sung, every new piece played, every page and chapter….
Content Warning: This article mentions sexual assault and harassment. For a lot of people who haven’t done it before, pole dance sounds terrifying. Even to those who have been doing it for a while, some tricks look more intimidating than a medieval torture device. When I first started, I couldn’t figure out how to spin…
Keeping up with the trends in your creative industry and understanding them can be stressful. I know at times I’ve felt that the consumption of my creative mediums has felt more like a chore rather than fun. I asked myself: How can a writer balance the need to read and be influenced by the greats while keeping afloat in the constantly shifting landscape of ever-readily available content fed to us every day?
I first read Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist in 2017. I read it again in 2019. And then again in 2021. Every time I have returned to the pages of The Alchemist, I have found something new to learn, a new perspective to take on or another reason to return to it again a few years…
Determined for me to experience the magic of reading, my Grandma applied her first Law of Knitting. Like a good ball of wool, she enlisted the help of Roald Dahl’s classic tale The Witches. Using her Laws of Knitting, My Grandma helped nurture my love of reading. You can’t expect to knit a scarf in one go. You’re going to be slow as your hands learn how to move and thread the wool. You’re going to have to backtrack if you drop a stitch.
The rollercoaster of ups and downs Nathan had experienced over his journey would be enough to deter anyone. We asked Nathan after hearing all the hurdles that had stopped him so far on his journey to becoming an actor: “What was the one thing that pushed you to not give up?”
Nathan was very candid and didn’t hesitate to respond. “For me, it was a gut feeling. It’s hard not seeing yourself represented on TV. I struggled growing up and not having anyone that was like me to look up to. Throughout all my experiences in the industry, I am always thinking of the young ones like me – the Deaf children that can now look up to me. To me, that’s more important than anything else. They need to be able to see themselves.”
“Stop comparing yourself to others.” It’s easier said than done, right? I know I am guilty of this quality but as Franklin Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy” and comparing your own talents to someone else’s will ultimately self-sabotage your own. When you begin to compete with yourself you essentially begin to drown out the success of others. Instead of focusing on what age so and so published their first novel, you shift the focus to, if I focus on this manuscript and set myself a deadline, I could look at publishing this soon. By doing this you ultimately develop an action plan to mapping out your success.
The act of creating is an incredibly personal and gratifying experience. I have found that fulfilling my creative needs and desires is an important part of my growth. Allowing myself to write, colour, paint, or journal when I need to, gives me the space to explore my genuine emotions and push myself to refine my…
My Gap Year after leaving High School wasn’t an exciting travel filled year that is often sold to us. It was a year of hard work, soul searching, self discovery and resilience. I was explicitly advised not to study a Bachelor of Arts – that a Bachelor of Arts was too vague and instead of wasting my time in an airy fairy Arts Course, I would be better off focusing on one field instead of multiple.