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The Creative Life Podcast : Creativity, Innovation and Inspiring Ideas | James Taylor

In 'The Creative Life' podcast, James Taylor reveals all of his creativity and innovation strategies and techniques so you can unlock your creativity and live 'The Creative Life'. As a leading creativity coach James teaches and interviews creative leaders on subjects including; how creativity works, the creative process, what is creativity, how to generate ideas, creativity exercises, creativity research, creative block, creative personality types, theories of creativity, creative thinking, educational creativity, divergent thinking, organizational creativity, creative cultures, and innovation. His work builds on other leading creativity experts including Julia Cameron, Sir Ken Robinson, Michael J Gelb, Eric Maisel, Scott Barry Kaufman, Twyla Tharp, Richard Florida, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Steven Pressfield, Tina Seelig, Josh Linkner and many others. James Taylor shows us how we can all learn to be more creative.
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Jul 29, 2016

In this episode of The Creative Life TV show I talk about Warren Buffett's advice for creatives when it comes to goal setting. Based on the advice that the legendary investor gave to his airline pilot we look at the power of focus to achieve goals. This advice is also something that any creative can use when having to evaluate new ideas, opportunities and goals.

 

Warren Buffett's 'Advice for Creatives' Show Notes:

  • Warren Buffett
  • Evaluation Stage
  • Opportunity Cost
  • 25/5 Rule

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This is The Creative Life, James Taylor's weekly YouTube show.

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ABOUT JAMES

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As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30 minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

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ABOUT THE CREATIVE LIFE

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The Creative Life is a weekly self-improvement show full of #motivation, #inspiration, and #creativity strategies with creativity speaker and author James Taylor.

The Creative Life blog can be read at: http://www.jamestaylor.me

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Jul 27, 2016

Today I talk with Charleston based rock and soul band Dead 27s about their creative process as musicians and crowd funding their recordings through Pledgemusic. Their new album Ghosts Are Calling Out is produced by Ben Ellman of funk/rock act Galactic and mixed by Mikael ‘Count’ Eldridge whose other credits include Radiohead and the Rolling Stones. Indie music magazine Jamsphere said of the band "Anyone who claims that rock and soul ain’t what it used to be clearly hasn’t heard of these stunning musicians. This will remind you of soul and blues from the late 60’s – with rock from the early 70’s. But probably the most compelling quality of the Dead 27s is how seamlessly they stay true to the pure, old school rock and soul sounds while making their music cutting edge and relevant to today’s listeners."

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast, Dead 27 talk about their experiences of crowdfunding their music through Pledgemusic, how they all met and started playing music together and where they find ideas for their music.

"Overall in any development of any musician, you're gonna experience a lot of failure and that's kinda the key, to being able to accomplish what you want to is being able to step back and use whatever you feel as motivations and what drives you to achieve whatever you are trying to achieve."

"Bare down the road and keep your head up because it's gonna turn into a grind on some point. Just make sure you don't lose sight of why your doing this and it's actually something you love and it's a labor of love."

"Don't fear failure."

- Dead 27s

Dead 27s 'Pledgemusic' Show Notes:

  • Recording at New Orleans (4:40)
  • Ben Ellman as producer (13:12)
  • Fear of failure (22:00)
  • Life on the road (23:12)
  • Staying healthy (23:15) 

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ABOUT JAMES

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As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30 minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

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ABOUT THE CREATIVE LIFE

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The Creative Life is a weekly self-improvement show full of #motivation, #inspiration, and #creativity strategies with creativity speaker and author James Taylor.

The Creative Life blog can be read at: http://www.jamestaylor.me

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Jul 25, 2016

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast I talk with Dr Noa Kageyama of The Bulletproof Musician on coping with stage fright.

Dr Noa Kageyama is a New York based performance psychologist and a former classical violinist. He has worked with everyone from music students from Juilliard to members of the US Armed Forces School of music. Noa's skill is being able to help talented musicians prepare for orchestra job auditions, understand performance enhancement and overcome performance anxiety.

" Simply saying 'I'm excited' and trying to attribute everything that you've experiencing to being excited because, you know we've all had performances where we really were excited and we had the butterflies and were nervous but it was also super exciting and our performance is finally well, just re-attributing what we were experiencing to excitement as suppose to fear or anxiety is one small thing that can be done, but also very impactful at the same time."

- Noa Kageyama

Dr Noa Kageyama 'The Bulletproof Musician' Show Notes:

  • Performance enhancement (3:31)
  • In A Game Of Golf (5:08)
  • Beta blockers (11:43)
  • Superstitious rituals (16:06)
  • Stephane Grappelli (19:47)
  • Relationship of sports to music (21:39)
  • Using technology to improve the performance of the individual musician (24:00) 

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This is The Creative Life, James Taylor's weekly YouTube show.

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ABOUT JAMES

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As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30 minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

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ABOUT THE CREATIVE LIFE

--------------------

The Creative Life is a weekly self-improvement show full of #motivation, #inspiration, and #creativity strategies with creativity speaker and author James Taylor.

The Creative Life blog can be read at: http://www.jamestaylor.me

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Jul 22, 2016

In this episode of The Creative Life TV Show I talk about the issue of 'creative imposter syndrome' and how it affects so many people today. Recently I was with one of my coaching clients, a very successful author and musician, and just before he went up on stage to play in front of thousands, he turned to me and said he felt like a fraud and unworthy of his success. In this episode I give you the advice that I gave to him on that day.

 

'Creative Imposter Syndrome' Show Notes:

  • Feeling like a fraud
  • The luck factor

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This is The Creative Life, James Taylor's weekly YouTube show.

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ABOUT JAMES

--------------------

As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30 minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

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ABOUT THE CREATIVE LIFE

--------------------

The Creative Life is a weekly self-improvement show full of #motivation, #inspiration, and #creativity strategies with creativity speaker and author James Taylor.

The Creative Life blog can be read at: http://www.jamestaylor.me

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Jul 20, 2016

Dr Janice Presser is a Philadelphia based behavioural scientist, CEO of The Gabriel Institute and the architect of Teamability ® - a new technology that measures the analytics of team chemistry. A recognized thought-leader in leadership and teamwork she is the author of six books including @DrJanice: Thoughts and Tweets on Leadership, Teamwork and Teamability®. Her forthcoming book will explore the theoretical and physical foundations of teaming, and the profound impact of teaming metrics on the structure, development, and leadership of teams.

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast Dr. Janice tells us about Teamability® working on start ups, mid sized companies and getting into larger companies.  Dr. Janice also shares with us how Teamability® started some time ago when she was working in healthcare.

"The best thing you can do is get the people who put the know in innovation, and there are plenty of them, out of the way." People are naturally creative when they're not told 'Don't do this.'."

"I found my meaning in life, why would I ever change it."

- Dr Janice Presser

 Dr Janice Presser 'Teamability®' Show Notes:

  • Teamability® (1:20)
  • Teams in healthcare (2:14)
  • Two kinds of teaming (5:30)
  • Myers Briggs (9:16)
  • Millennial Training (22:12)
  • Performance appraisal (23:25) 

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This is The Creative Life, James Taylor's weekly YouTube show.

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ABOUT JAMES

--------------------

As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30 minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

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ABOUT THE CREATIVE LIFE

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The Creative Life is a weekly self-improvement show full of #motivation, #inspiration, and #creativity strategies with creativity speaker and author James Taylor.

The Creative Life blog can be read at: http://www.jamestaylor.me

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Jul 17, 2016

Gregg Fraley is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, trainer, and consultant in commercial creativity and innovation who helps organizations with creative problem solving. Gregg’s diverse background includes everything from founding and managing high-flying software technology companies to working as an interactive television producer. He is the author of business novel “Jack’s Notebook” which is featured on many business school reading lists and he’s won an Emmy and a cable ACE award during his time at Warner Cable. Gregg is passionate about all things creativity and innovation and I’m delighted to have him on the show today.

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast Gregg talks about attending the Intrapreneur Conference and always looking to connect with new groups of people. He tells us about his experiences in working in the television industry for many years and also shares with us how he discusses creativity to larger organizations.

"My stimulus for new ideas comes from experiences that I have in the marketplace. When I'm working with customers, I'm looking at how they're using what we're doing, I'm looking at how they're responding on what we're doing."

- Gregg Fraley

Gregg Fraley 'Creative Problem Solving' Show Notes:

  • The Intrapreneurship Conference (1:26)
  • IBM Survey on Creativity (4:00)
  • Creative Problem Solving (5:02)
  • Breakthrough innovation requires risk (10:06)
  • Creative Problem Solving (CPS) - Osborn and Parnes (14:08)
  • Problem Framing (14:23)
  • Brainstorming techniques for introverts (15:08)
  • Brainwriting (16;02)
  • Brainstorming training (17:58)
  • The business novel (26:04)
  • Idea management systems (29:35) 

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ABOUT JAMES

--------------------

As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30 minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

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ABOUT THE CREATIVE LIFE

--------------------

The Creative Life is a weekly self-improvement show full of #motivation, #inspiration, and #creativity strategies with creativity speaker and author James Taylor.

The Creative Life blog can be read at: http://www.jamestaylor.me

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Jul 14, 2016

In this episode of The Creative Life TV Show I talk about how brainwriting can be a great way to generate new ideas from your team. Based on the 6-3-5 brainstorming technique developed in the late 60's it works especially well for introverts.

'Brainwriting' Show Notes:

  • 6-3-5 Technique
  • 6 Participants + Moderator
  • Define the problem to be solved
  • Each writes 3 ideas in 5 minutes
  • Pass to person on right
  • 6 rounds
  • 108 ideas in 30 minutes
  • Assures active participation, especially from introverts
  • Avoids people dominating the brainstorming session

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This is The Creative Life, James Taylor's weekly YouTube show.

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ABOUT JAMES

--------------------

As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30 minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

--------------------

ABOUT THE CREATIVE LIFE

--------------------

The Creative Life is a weekly self-improvement show full of #motivation, #inspiration, and #creativity strategies with creativity speaker and author James Taylor.

The Creative Life blog can be read at: http://www.jamestaylor.me

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Jul 13, 2016

Valerie Day is a Portland based pop and jazz singer and member of the Grammy nominated band NU SHOOZ which she founded with her husband John Smith. Valerie was born into a fourth generation of a musical Northwestern family and she was blessed to be raised amidst a supportive, arts-rich home life. A musical mother paved the way for a fantastic journey - from the ground-zero trajectory of 80’s pop chartdom with NU SHOOZ, to jazz, big-band and orchestral performances with the Oregon Symphony. Her musical collaborator and the founder of NU SHOOZ is John Smith who also joins us today. John is a prolific composer, writer and visual artist. As a composer he’s written hundreds of scores for film, commercials and modern dance. After more than a 27 year hiatus, with recognition of how important it is to show your work, NU SHOOZ is back with new album called ‘Bagtown’.

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast Valerie and John talk about having NU SHOOZ as their primary directive right now. They also tell us about creating new music for the group and doing it full time. John also shares with us how he ended his medical career.

"If you wake up in the morning with an idea of something to do. That's Golden. It means you're still interested, you're still engaged, and you've got somewhere to go. The direction is unfolding before you one step at a time."

- John Smith

"Do the things that move the whole thing forward for you."

- Valerie Day

Valerie Day and John Smith 'Show Your Work' Show Notes:

  • Writing songs in batches of ten (11:17)
  • How Music Works by David Byrne (12:17)
  • The Portland music scene (14:24)
  • Synesthesia amongst musicians (16:00)
  • Writer's block (16:32)
  • Inspiration is for amateurs (17:03)
  • Two types of film directors (19:22)
  • Spotting sessions (21:43)
  • Austin Kleon's 'Show Your Work' (25:19)
  • Lyric videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da6vKlOf9Qw (28:20)
  • Twyla Tharp (31:51)
  • Put your body there (32:47) 

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This is The Creative Life, James Taylor's weekly YouTube show.

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ABOUT JAMES

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As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30 minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

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ABOUT THE CREATIVE LIFE

--------------------

The Creative Life is a weekly self-improvement show full of #motivation, #inspiration, and #creativity strategies with creativity speaker and author James Taylor.

The Creative Life blog can be read at: http://www.jamestaylor.me

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Jul 12, 2016

Nick Skillicorn is a creativity consultant and helps individuals and companies improve their creativity and turbocharge their innovation efforts, so they can finally deliver on the value and ideas they’ve been struggling to execute. He is the CEO of Improvides Innovation Consulting, the chief editor and founder of IdeatoValue.com, and an author and TEDx speaker, and has already helped thousands of entrepreneurs grow their innovation capabilities through his unique insights into recent scientific findings on how creativity works, and what it takes for ideas to succeed.

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast Nick talks to us about his focus as an innovation and creativity consultant in helping companies find how creativity works for them. He tells us about  IdeatoValue.com and also shares with us how he learned his craft as a consultant and how creativity and innovation comes about.

"Creativity isn't just about art. Creativity is anything where you're generating something that's both new or valuable. Anything that hasn't existed before and is also useful, counts as creativity."

"Live in a way where you're constantly not just open to new experiences, but actively looking out for new experiences."

- Nick Skillicorn

Nick Skillicorn 'Creativity Consultant' Show Notes:

  • Idea to value (10:25)
  • Creativity study with twins (23:48)
  • Jazz improvisation and creativity (29:43)
  • Holland sandwich experiment (34:25) 

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This is The Creative Life, James Taylor's weekly YouTube show.

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ABOUT JAMES

--------------------

As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

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ABOUT THE CREATIVE LIFE

--------------------

The Creative Life is a weekly self-improvement show full of #motivation, #inspiration, and #creativity strategies with creativity speaker and author James Taylor.

The Creative Life blog can be read at: http://www.jamestaylor.me

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Jul 11, 2016

Mike Cykoski is the man behind New York arty, literate indie-pop music project A Is For Atom. Mike has always been a fearless composer, drawing inspiration from time honored pop-rock songcraft, literature, classical and avant-garde music to create his signature sound. After studying music at Juilliard, NYU, Harvestworks and Dubspot his epiphany came when a friend invited him to check out some electronic acts. He says “These artists had guitars, computers, and their voice, and witnessing that opened so many creative doors. It made me feel like I could finally produce what I heard in my head”.

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast Mike talks about writing electronic music, his shows and tours around north America, Mexico, Austin Texas, New York City, Toronto and Brooklyn. He tells us about how amazing the Canadian Music Week event was and also shares with us where his classical music influence came from within his family.

"When you're planting a garden, you gotta establish the roots and give it time."

- Mike Cykoski

Mike Cykoski 'Writing Electronic Music' Show Notes:

  • Studying film music at NYU (4:48)
  • Writing music from your dreams (7:35)
  • Writing songs using Abelton (8:24)
  • Fun with Native Instrument's iMachine (8:43)
  • Getting burnt out on touring (13:05)
  • Planting seeds in your music career (15:00) 

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This is The Creative Life, James Taylor's weekly YouTube show.

--------------------

ABOUT JAMES

--------------------

As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

--------------------

ABOUT THE CREATIVE LIFE

--------------------

The Creative Life is a weekly self-improvement show full of #motivation, #inspiration, and #creativity strategies with creativity speaker and author James Taylor.

The Creative Life blog can be read at: http://www.jamestaylor.me

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Jul 10, 2016

Nathan Cole is a Kentucky born and L.A based violinist and is the first associate concert master of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Nathan studied violin at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He is currently on the faculty of the Colburn School of Performing Arts and the Azusa Pacific University. He also has an online violin school with ArtistWorks.

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast Nathan shares with us some of the methods he used in learning violin and talks about creative leadership. He also talks about the preparation and management of his performance and rehearsal schedules as well as what a classical musician knows about leadership.

“A great orchestra can only function on a high level when there’s mutual respect.”

"Great work is never wasted, when you do that consistently enough, you put yourself in the position to take advantage of other opportunities that come along."

” In this business, even though we would like to think it’s all about how we practice and how we perform, but it’s still a business and not only will you go further in the business when you have more importantly a deeper relationship with people. It’s just more fun and you get different kinds of opportunities.”

– Nathan Cole

Nathan Cole 'Creative Leadership' Show Notes:

  • New generation of players (3:05)
  • Yola (3:46)
  • Suzuki Method (5:03)
  • Working with different types of players and orchestras (11:18)
  • Competition within the orchestra (21:38)
  • Leadership, teamwork and creativity (24:13)
  • Big auditions (27:55)
  • Working with folks online (29:54)
  • Taking drugs to lower heart rate for auditions (32:25)
  • Importance of building deeper relationships with people (35:49)
  • James Galway (38:52) 

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As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

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Jul 8, 2016

I believe that attending a creative retreat is incredibly powerful in our growth as creatives. Recently I gave a talk on creativity at the Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat near Woodstock, New York and in this episode of The Creative Life TV Show I talk about the value of creative retreats.

 

'Why You Should Take A Creative Retreat' Show Notes:

  • New York Creative Retreat
  • Deep-dive learning
  • Learning styles
  • Networking potential of retreats
  • Attending a retreat
  • Organizing your own retreat
  • Nature retreats

 

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ABOUT JAMES

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As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

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The Creative Life blog can be read at: http://www.jamestaylor.me

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Jul 6, 2016

Are you pursuing the right goals in your life? Have you set goals that you feel excited about and which you are striving to achieve.

In this episode of The Creative Life TV I look at how to set SMART, PURE and CLEAR goals.

 

Transcript:

When I talk to creative people and ask them to describe their goals in their career and work, they often describe it to me in very vague way. More like dreams rather than goals.

When setting goals we have the  S.M.A.R.T, P.U.R.E and C.L.E.A.R goals.

S.M.A.R.T stands for S- Specific, M- Measurable, A - Attainable, R- Relevant and T-  Time based.

P.U.R.E stands for P - Pure, U- Understood, R - Relevant, E- Ethical.

C.L.E.A.R stands for C- Challenging,  L- Legal, E- Environmentally Sound, A- Agreed, R- Recorded.

The more of these components you can pick off when you set a goal and write that goal down the more likely you are to achieve it. You have to know clearly in your head what that goal is and to define it.

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ABOUT JAMES

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As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

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The Creative Life is a weekly self-improvement show full of #motivation, #inspiration, and #creativity strategies with creativity speaker and author James Taylor.

The Creative Life blog can be read at: http://www.jamestaylor.me

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Jul 6, 2016

Matt Gumley is a New York based musician and actor. He got started early, performing on Broadway as Chip in Beauty and the Beast at the tender age of 7. Since then he’s appeared in multiple Broadway musicals including Mary Poppins, The Addams Family, and Elf The Musical. You might also recognize Matt from his appearances on hit TV shows such as Law & Order, Modern Family and The Americans. However it’s the song that is at the core of who Matt is as a creative person and it was while performing on Broadway that he discovered that his true passion is music and songwriting and he talks to us about 'writing your first songs'. His debut EP “Six Degrees of Separation” and single “Subway Rider” are out now.

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast Matt tells us about releasing his first single "Subway Rider", shooting the music video and finishing his E.P to be released in June 2016. He also talks about how his parents played a big part in his musical taste and shares with us how he started writing songs.

"If it's what you love, you're not doing anything wrong. There are no right or wrong answers. You choose everything yourself. Your path is something you make for yourself."

"Don't give up. Stick with it. It will pay off."

- Matt Gumley

Matt Gumley 'Writing Your First Songs' Show Notes:

  • Writing your first song lyrics (5:08)
  • Changing your location for creative inspiration (6:10)
  • Co-writing songs (6:53)
  • Dealing with rejection as an actor and musician (12:30)
  • Creative perseverance (12:50)
  • Being creative in New York (13:44)
  • Not giving up (20:22) 

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As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

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Jul 3, 2016

Corrin Campbell is a vocalist, bassist and songwriter with the band Dash|Ten and who is also an active-duty soldier in the United States Army. As a US army musician, Sgt Corrin Campbell is the only original music artist to be endorsed by a brand of the US military and while deployed in Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division she would frequently travel by Blackhawk helicopters to entertain soldiers across the country. She is now employed as the featured artist with the US Army Musical Outreach Team and says “My Army career fine tuned me into a self-aware and objective musician. I learned to acknowledge my weaknesses so they could be strengthened."

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast Corrin shares with us her primary function as a soldier by touring and playing her original music on music festivals and high schools. She also tells us about how teens respond to the kind of work she does.

"The most important part for me of being creative is finding a connection with people like me."

"It's important to understand what people don't understand and be able to respond to it emotionally."

- Corrin Campbell

Corrin Campbell 'US Army Musician' Show Notes:

  • Being a musician in a war zone (6:54)
  • Victor Wooten (16:12)
  • Dealing with haters (21:47)
  • Differences between the life of a musician in the military and a civilian musician (25:12)
  • How much a US Army musician makes (27:33)
  • Mindfulness (31:49) 

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As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

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The Creative Life blog can be read at: http://www.jamestaylor.me

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Jul 1, 2016

Coming up with really innovative ideas requires thinking outside the box, getting a bit uncomfortable in our thinking and pushing ourselves a little more in our thinking. Here's a short creativity exercise that you can try as a bit of fun. It is called 'The 9 Points Problem'.

Imagine we have 9 points up here on the screen. Looking at this now, imagine you have a pen . Try to join up the 9 points or 9 dots using only 4 straight lines and without your pen leaving the screen. How would you join all 9 points?

 

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As a creativity expert Taylor is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences. He has given keynotes and talks at Apple, Subscription Site Summit in San Francisco, the British Music Show in the UK and at several universities across Europe including University of Dundee in Scotland and University of Macerata in Italy. He is often called upon by media outlets to give his views on trends in creativity and innovation. He has been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Columbus Dispatch, STV, Business Insider and San Jose Mercury News as well as featured on BBC TV and being the subject of a 30minute program on his life for BBC Radio Scotland. As a host on shows about creativity and innovation he has interviewed legendary investor Maynard Webb (Yahoo.com, eBay.com & Salesforce.com board member) and New York Times best-selling writers Chris Guillebeau ($100 Startup), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Brand Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur) and Ryan Holiday (Trust Me I’m Lying). James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Meet James at http://www.JamesTaylor.me

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The Creative Life is a weekly self-improvement show full of #motivation, #inspiration, and #creativity strategies with creativity speaker and author James Taylor.

The Creative Life blog can be read at: http://www.jamestaylor.me

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