Your Box of Potential

If you asked me at 14 years old what I saw myself becoming in the future, I would have said something like a veterinarian or dentist. I had no idea what I wanted to be, but at the time, I felt like those occupations were the answers expected of me. At that age we don’t […]

Standardized Tests, Standardized Students: The US Education System is Killing Creatives

If you know me, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I say I like new takes on old ideas. I’m all about refining past creations, whether they’re still popular today or had a short stay in the mainstream 80 years ago. I like experimental film, experimental food, even experimental humor. Something that I’m not […]

Ghosting Imagination

Ken Robinson, in his TED talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” makes a crucial distinction between children and adults, highlighting the effects of education on creativity. Robinson claims that children, more than adults, have an expansive imagination and are able to express themselves in more creative ways (Robinson). As we grow, we lose some of our […]

Educating the Educators: How Skills-Based Higher Education in the Creative Arts Promises A Steady Future of Learning for Creatives

If you’ll allow me to get a little anecdotal for a bit, I’d like to talk about my experience in the world of creative higher education. Over nearly 4 years in pursuit of a degree coming from a program titled “Film and New Media”, I’ve met people who want to do almost every imaginable thing that […]

The “Day” Job and the “Real” Job

Since pretty much the beginning of time it’s been the case that artists support themselves with “day” jobs. Even Vincent van Gogh had a number of “day” jobs—he worked as an apprentice to an art dealer, a lay preacher, at a bookstore, and even as a schoolteacher in England (Nix). Teaching is often a route […]