Book Brief: Creative Careers by B. Jeffrey Madoff

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Creative Careers: Making a Living with Your Ideas B. Jeffrey Madoff Hachette Go, 2020 The Idea Creative Careers pulls from interviews with more than forty experts–notable entrepreneurs, artists, and business leaders–as well as from Madoff’s own decades of experience. Born from Madoff’s popular seminar Creative Careers at Parsons School of Design in New York, he draws from interviews with huge names in creativity as well as a lifetime career in fashion and film. Creativity can often feel sporadic and unfocused, coming in bursts and peaks. That’s why Madoff focuses your professional path by asking vital questions that will ultimately help you. […]

A Troubling Tony Winner

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The very first show I had my name on as a producer on Broadway was called The Scottsboro Boys.  Those of you in the theatre may have heard of it, but many people will not know the show because it only ran for two months on Broadway and while almost every interview I have done has asked me about how I became a producer, I have never been asked about why I decided to raise money for that show. For those who have never heard of the show, it was a musical that dealt with the famous Scottsboro case in which 9 Black […]

July 2020: Awakening

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And then suddenly, everyone woke up. Well, not everyone. And not fully awake. But no one can deny that the past month has seen a remarkable wave of increased awareness in America about the perpetual problem of racism, and how society cannot be healthy when we insist on viewing ourselves as individuals whose actions and worldview don’t affect anyone rather than part of a system where everything is connected. To me, waking up is the point. It’s the process. As in, THE process. The purpose of life. To be continually evolving, learning, growing, connecting. It’s difficult because there is no finish […]

An American Intervention

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Photo: The author inside a human cage at The Whitney Plantation, the only American plantation restored to honor the memory and plight of enslaved African people. Welcome to the week of waking up. I am watching the stream of Official Statements from various organizations from the back of the room, leaning against the wall with my arms crossed, side of my mouth turned up and brow furrowed. This week of black squares on social media has been what the rainbow logo is to Pride week: easy, convenient, trendy. Meaningless unless followed by tangible, measurable action. Businesses that declare support for […]

That Time I Crashed Bloomberg’s Victory Party

As Seen on TV, 36in x 48in, Oil on canvas

No matter what anyone says, it’s more fun to be on the winning team. Losing with dignity is a nice idea, but a mirage – even Red Sox fans had to invent The Curse so they could feel like they accomplished something every year they were met with a certain pinstriped team from The Bronx. So in the fall of 2005, when the candidate I’d been volunteering for in a pivotal New York City council district won on election night, it felt good to party, good to be thanked, good to be part of the team people wanted for the […]

Featured Artist: Amy Hutcheson

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Amy Hutcheson is an artist based in Memphis, TN. Her work has been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States including, Globe Fine Art, Santa Fe; Mongerson Gallery, Chicago; The Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville; and Jack Robinson Gallery, Memphis. Her work is included in several private and corporate collections in Memphis and Chicago. In 2012 Hutcheson received Best in Show, From The Ground Up, from The Ground Floor Gallery in Nashville and was a nominee for the Emmett O’ Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration, nominated by The Brooks Museum in Memphis. Hutcheson received her BFA from […]

March 2020: Arts & Culture

Stories Being Told To The Sky, 48in x 48in, oil on canvas

I have a confession to make. I only read nonfiction. Well, not entirely. I read a fiction book on vacation last month (thanks, Kevin Kwan!), and before that (cough), on vacation two years ago (thanks, Haruki Murakami!). As your resident goal-getter, nonfiction just seems so much more… important. Who has time for frivolity when there are things to learn, goals to accomplish! But since the smartest people I know spend time not just with nonfiction but also with novels, I finally stopped to wonder if I was missing half the story. Ironically, the arts – yes, fiction – can be […]

Featured Artist: Sarah Sloboda

Sarah Sloboda, photographed by Samantha Tyler Cooper

Sarah Sloboda is a photographer specializing in working with children and the young at heart. She’s also a writer and seeker of real-life magic. Sarah is currently working on projects that blend her travel adventures and musings with her children’s photography work. Effervesce A single-sheet newspaper journal printed in limited edition. Slideshow Project Sarah created slides from images she took whilst traveling and then projected them for a kids style series with model Calista Evangeline.   How did you find yourself in the arts – or how did the arts find you? Since I was quite young, I have loved creating […]

Book Brief: The Power of Fun

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The Power of FUN By David Raymond 2016, SDR Consulting & Dave Raymond The Idea Fun is often overlooked as a powerful business tool. Not only can it help businesses succeed, in the case of author David Raymond, it can be the root of your business. In the summer of 1978, Raymond, an underpaid Philadelphia Phillies intern, donned the Phillie Phanatic costume for the first time at the bequest of Phillies management, who created the character as a distraction to the baseball teams dismal on the field performance. Raymond shares what he learned from his 16 years in the green, […]

Featured Artist: Stephanie Hirsch

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American artist Stephanie Hirsch creates conceptual objects that explore themes of self-transformation and awareness. Using mediums often associated with women’s work, Hirsch pairs words and images to metaphorically represent notions of strength, courage, humanity, rebirth and renewal. Stitched together with a feminist bent, her works delve deep beneath the shimmering surface to contemplate the meaning of words, images, and reality. Hirsch has exhibited at numerous museums and galleries, including Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York City, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York City; Unix Gallery, New York City, the New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; the Watermill Center, Watermill, […]