Job Security

Job Security

Today the staff of the University of Technology in Sydney were striking to demand greater job security.   For a supposedly forward thinking institution, job security strikes me as an nostalgic concept to ‘demand’.   In the modern gig economy secure jobs as...
Make A Bolder Choice

Make A Bolder Choice

In a room full of actors today we were discussing what it means to make a bolder choice.   The rehearsal room is an environment designed for experimentation and creativity. While you’re developing a new work, you are encouraged to make bold choices about your own...
Be A Meaningful Specific

Be A Meaningful Specific

There’s a romance inherent in the idea of being a Renaissance man or woman. Leonardo da Vinci was famously a painter, scientist, engineer and mathematician.   But our contemporary heroes are more often famous for one primary talent or achievement. Steven Hawking...
Angel in the Rain

Angel in the Rain

Last week I re-read Amanda Palmer’s book The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help. In it she shares a story told to her by her ex-boyfriend Blake. He, like Amanda, performed as a living statue in Boston.   In Blake’s own words:  ...
The Difference Between Your Art and a Sausage

The Difference Between Your Art and a Sausage

The more you learn about the process behind making a sausage, the less you appreciate it. The more you learn about the process behind making a work of art, the greater you appreciate it. Who created this? How did they make it? Why did they create it? Who were they...
Artist, Inc.

Artist, Inc.

Deep down we all harbour a fantasy: We do creative work, throw it in the mail — someone else sends us a contact and doesn’t bother us again. No-one gets to tell us what to do; our art remains pure and untouched. No interference. No pesky concerns about this or that....