5 Steps on How to Improve Your Creativity


Let’s start by defining what being creative is and before you read on, I would like you to think for a moment how you would define creativity?

Being creative means to create something that does not exists. What you create is entirely up to you, it could be a solution or a method or an idea that you could work upon in your personal or professional life.

If you think that being creative is for people in art and you happen to be working for big corporations then you may decide that increased creativity is not important for you. But creativity is something far broader than artistic expression and is required in many aspects of life.

If you still think that being creative is for artists, painters, musicians and others who directly belong to any form of Arts, then you need to think again. Don’t CEOs and people at various levels in the organization require creativity to conceptualize a new product or create a new idea to sell their product to the market?

They are all working on problems and devising solutions that didn’t exist before. These people are using their minds to imagine fresh ways of doing something, putting together existing forms and ideas in new ways.

They may be creating a new idea, a new look, a new product, or new technique. Sometimes the ability to be more creative can lead to personal fame and fortune; sometimes it just provides a deep sense of personal satisfaction.

Can we improve creativity? Yes, of course we can. Read on to find out how.

1. Visualize through Meditation

Creativity is reduced when our senses are dulled. Sleep well, eat well and meditate often. I know many of us don’t have the liberty of time available to mediate at home, so apply a bit of creativity. You have a problem with availability of time; use your time while traveling to do so. Just a good 10 – 15 minutes of meditation can put you in the right path towards becoming creative.

During this exercise, learn to breathe softly and try to relax your body completely. Once at this state, try to imagine being in a forest or any place that you like. Try visualizing the surrounding in details. Try to listen to your surrounding and keep strolling around that place and keep discovering new things.

2. Be curious about the world

I would recommend that you start watching the Discovery channel. Watch the programming that you like the best and keep thinking about the why and how from it. Watching such programs help your brain to learn something new. Such learning can be applied to a situation where you would require creative thinking.

3. Do something which does not interest you

If you hate reading, then start reading a book. If you don’t like a particular type of music, then start listening to such music. The point here is to expose your brain to as many new things and concepts as possible. You never know what new learning you might use to solve a problem later in life.

4. Keep observing your environment

While traveling to work or anywhere, observe your surroundings. Look at the various billboards and scenery around you. Enjoy what you see and start asking questions of what-if. I personally enjoy reading all billboards and attach my what-if questions to advertisements. I try to dig and understand what the creator of the advertiser had in mind when he/she created the piece
of work.

5. Pick up a hobby that you enjoy

Do you have a hobby? If no, then start now by asking yourself what you enjoy. Do you enjoy music? Do you enjoy collecting items? Do you enjoy entertaining people? Do you enjoy writing? Do you enjoy drawing/painting? Do you enjoy crafts?

Having a hobby helps you in many ways and directly helps you in improving your creativity. It forces you to think out of the box during the period when you are conducting your hobby. My only hobby is magic. I enjoy entertaining people and hence learn new moves & techniques all the time and spend some of my time in practicing and mastering them. You might not like magic, but that’s ok. Try finding something that you like and devote some time to it. You will see a remarkable improvement in your creative ability.

Closing notes:

There are two sides of the brain, left and right. The right side of the brain is responsible for creativity, whereas the left side of the brain is logical.

How do you find what type of person you are? If you can remember names more than faces, then you are a left brained person and if you can remember faces more than names then you are right brained person. This means that either your left or the right brain has greater impact on you.

Some quotes on creativity:

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

Albert Einstein

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.

Henri L Bergson

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence transform a yellow spot into the sun.

Pablo Picasso


Learn the 4 Secrets to Unleash the Power of Your Creative Thought – Part 1


Part 1 of a 3 part series: Finding Your Creativity

Spring is here. It’s time to clean out the cobwebs in your brain. Open your mind to all ideas you ignore, argue with or push to the backburner for later. Well, later is here.

Women have the capacity to take the unknown and give it a form that speaks in a different voice to each listener. Women own the power (and passion) of creative thought to paint, write, compose, think and perform.

What is creative thought in relation to the female brain? How do women influence their creative thought? Where should you start to find the power of your creative thought? Answers to these questions serve the influential intuitive woman.

There are three stages to actualizing your creative process: Finding Your Creativity, Conquering Creativity Challenges and Living Creative Results. Within each area you will find the 4 secrets dispelling the mystery of creativity – driving your mastery.

Secret #1: Accept Your Creativity. Creativity isn’t only for the Picasso geniuses. Women exercise their creativity when they intuit what’s next, take risks and believe in their inner guide.

“We need to remember that we are all created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.” Maya Angelou

Learn to recognize and respond to what is going on inside your creative brain. What habits do you need to change? What needs to be different to allow the presence of your creativity to come forth?

Secret #2: Nurture Your Inspiration. Women have an innate ability to inspire what pulls them toward everything that is good. Attraction of the thought, feeling, idea, and soul is where it starts. Our soul is the message we receive when looking for answers. It is up to us to listen, respond, negotiate, improve and apply that message.

The creative woman notices and takes in her surroundings, the nature of human interaction, the meaning of intention. She does not hide from what is unseen. She goes deeper into her intuitive nature to capture all that is present.

No idea is useless. Use your insight key to unlock the purpose of the idea, the spark that ignites your creativity.

Secret #3: Say yes to a new journey. Plan a new method – a new path to open up your creative juices. This new path may mean encouraging wildly different self-expression. What limits are you placing on your expression? What self-limiting beliefs are you entertaining? Push them to the side or better yet, eliminate them – for good.

Become aware of your reality distortions. Our reality becomes distorted by jumping to conclusions based on erroneous assumptions.

Women can act from a space of self and not others.

Secret #4: Embrace YOUR creative process. What do you do when you hit a void? A void is simple a silence in the process. A time to reflect, honor and be patient. Nature shows us the balance of giving and receiving.

William Bridges refers to this as the ‘neutral zone.” Before there can be a beginning something has to end. Understanding this concept, or reality, is a shortcut to being comfortable with reinventing ourselves, experiencing conflict, uncertainty or confusion.

Understanding the void of your creative process is equally as important as the aspects of true creativity.

“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” Erica Jong


An Outlook on Entertainment Management Culinary Program


Over the last few years it has been observed that the demands of culinary employees have increased drastically in the United States and in next few years the graph is expected to further surge new heights. A careful observation of the present scenario clearly indicates that the growth of the culinary arts & hospitality industry in United States has created a new demand for employees with skills in cooking, restaurant management, and event promotion and management as well.

Many leading industry experts even estimate that in next few years, chefs, cooks and food preparation workers may hold near about three million jobs. Adding to this, it is even projected that the employment in general for chefs and food preparation workers may grow as fast as the average for all occupations. The job prospect is significantly growing in zones like hotels, restaurants, cruise, pubs, individual food service providers etc. As a consequence of all this, the demands for skilled employees in culinary and hospitality industry are increasing, and at the same time it is also mounting the phenomena of intense competition for holding jobs in the top kitchens of up-scale restaurants.

Today where cooking career is considered as most demanding one, attaining a degree in special entertainment management culinary program is gaining a new attention. In fact, for many chefs and cooks it is acting as an ideal platform to advance their career in this culinary art industry. While food preparation workers can mark their presence into assistant or line cook positions, experienced and ambitious chefs and cooks may move up within the kitchen and take on responsibility for training or supervising newer or lesser skilled kitchen staff.

Apart from this, the major advantage of this entertainment management culinary program is it even allows students to branch out into other related fields that can provide them with knowledge. Graduates may attain positions in a variety of areas like: restaurant managers, kitchen managers/sous chefs, catering managers, banquet managers, food & beverage directors, room service managers or dining room managers and many more. While a degree in entertainment management enables graduates to access the high profile entertainment industry, he or she might also enjoy the benefit of slower paced options like working in a culinary art school as an instructor. The job security gained from teaching experience is certainly invaluable.

It provides ample of opportunities to build upon leadership and management abilities, critical thinking skills, personal accountability and problem solving techniques. The degree in entertainment management even develops a solid culinary foundation and management philosophy in its graduates and prepares them for bright and rewarding careers in the food service industry. The important thing to remember is that this degree and training in culinary art and entertainment management can help a student earns the benefit of having options along with enjoy the opportunity to be more creative. Consequently, if an individual has a genuine interest in the industry, he or she can derive a great amount of job satisfaction after studying about in an entertainment management culinary art program.


Party Favors: Stimulating Your Child’s Creativity This Holiday Season


With Christmas just around the corner, it is essential that we do the best we can in providing cost effective and entertaining party favors at our upcoming gathering. Children for many reasons are such a great joy as well as resource for entertainment during the holiday season. Here are a few excellent ideas on how you can integrate your children into the holiday workload through making party favors this Christmas.

Initially, it might not be that obvious, but the most basic tools can not only occupy children for the longest time but also be cost effective pieces in the holiday party favors needed. Utilizing the creativity in your children, grab some craft items and set the kids down at the table for a wild time of construction. Depending on the amount of favors needed and the concentration abilities of your children, schedule an ample amount of time for creating.

Items that make a great party favor are endless, including: candles, placemats, coasters, goody bags, ornaments, picture frames, key chains, and more. Achieving fun projects that not only serve as gifts for your guests but also memorabilia of your event are only an imagination away. What greater resource to use than a fresh young mind to assist in the most creative and favored piece of the evening.

Along with the endless possibilities of party favors comes the endless list of supplies one can use to achieve them. Setting children down to a table with many different items is the best way to begin: beads and string, construction paper, scissors, cardboard, scrap materials, candles, small jars, marshmallows, crayons and markers, and wax paper, large styled Christmas light bulbs. The list could go on forever. Supplying the basic concept is all the child truly needs.

Beads and string and larger sized Christmas light bulbs make great ornaments, paper and decorating utensils such as glitter and markers for placemats, snowmen are easily made from marshmallows, cardboard and material assist in creating a unique and personalized photo frame.

Enjoy your children’s creativity and the lessened work load as you prepare your holiday party.


Thoughts on Your Creative Mind


You know humans are the only beings on earth with creative capabilities.

There are a million smart dogs in the world but I have yet to hear of any capturing their own antics on camera and submitting it to “YouTube”.

Humans are the only ones with the ability to create, with the ability to improve the world. Humans have created everything on this earth (everything that was not previously created by God, of course). But everything else started out as just pure potentiality. Everything started in someone’s imagination, just a figment in somebody’s mind.

All of the great books, the magnificent paintings, airplanes and telephones, computers and skyscrapers, it all began in someone’s imagination. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it.

We’re all creative energy and everything begins with a thought. Our thoughts, our minds and our souls are the connecting link to the Universal creative energy. Everything begins as a thought.

Leonardo da Vinci had a thought to paint the Mona Lisa. Claude Monet had thoughts of painting beautiful gardens. Wassily Kandinsky had thoughts of creating some of the first modern abstract works. Grandma Moses thought of the lovely farmhouses and rural life from the area where she lived and created her folk art.

Many people had thoughts about finding a vaccine for polio. In 1952, Jonas Salk succeeded. Polio, a crippling disease that used to affect hundreds of thousands every single year has essentially been eradicated. It started with a thought, a desire to rid the world of a heart-breaking affliction.

There are scientists right now working on cures for various diseases. With continued persistence, at some point they will succeed, because it all starts with a thought.

Stephen King and Steven Speilberg aspired to scare us and entertain us. They have both succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.

Today there are artists working on their masterpieces that will give the world more beauty.

Today there are authors weaving their words that will inspire, entertain or inform the world.

Today there are movies being made and cartoons being drawn, songs being written and designs being crafted.

There are important breakthroughs and entertaining concepts, silly videos and interesting blogs. And everything has its value. It all contributes to the magnificence of the world.

There is magic being created everyday in the world.

What are you using your creative capabilities for?


Entertainment – 10 Positive Moral & Social Impacts of a Clean Entertainment


Individuals, families, and our society need to spend more time as a family participating in wholesome activities rather than participating in and viewing the immoral and inappropriate entertainment we are daily bombarded by.  How can anyone argue against or dispute the fact that our TV programs, movies, video games, and any other form of entertainment are filled with immorality, violence, foul language, graphic images, and pornography. In addition, an excessive amount of playing video games, watching TV, going to the movies, listening to our iPods, or wasting time on the internet is certainly not helping improve communication and social skills (not to mention intellectual skills).

Similarly, how can anyone not agree with the fact that spending time as a family – yes, even if it is simply playing games – has incredible positive ramifications that the majority of the entertainment of the world does not provide? Because this is true, it should give much more significance to the moral and social ramifications that playing games as a family – or participating in any clean and wholesome entertainment – can have not only for us individually and as a family, but for our entire society. 

Below are listed 10 moral and social impacts that playing games can have. As you will notice, there are also incredible intellectual, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits as well (not to mention the increased communication abilities that result). The reality is that these same principles apply to all clean and wholesome entertainment; but for our intents and purposes, we will focus on how playing games actually does have incredibly positive moral and social impacts: 

Moral Impacts:

1)The negative moral impact of our society’s media and entertainment:While I recognize that there are certainly positive things that come from the media and entertainment of our society, I am also not ignorant of the fact that the vast majority is extremely sexual, violent, materialistic, indulgent, and pornographic in nature. The effects of this daily bombardment are evident everywhere, demonstrated by the ever-increasing disrespect, idleness, obesity, lustfulness, selfishness, and laziness that plagues our society and diminishes our potential. Again, this is not so much about playing games or even participating in clean entertainment so much as it is about ensuring that individuals, families, and our very society develop the attributes and character necessary for personal happiness, family success, and societal progression.

2)Marriages and families are torn apartI wish it weren’t true, but unfortunately for us all – sex, immorality, and immodesty sells. As a few greedy individuals and companies make a profit from this sleazy material, the realistic and sad result is that – thoughts are corrupted, commitments and responsibilities are discarded, selfishness and temporary gratification become more important than self control, sins and crimes are committed, addictions are developed, families are torn apart, marriages end, and slowly our society’s very foundational values have disintegrated. Keeping thoughts clean, turning away from temptation, or altogether avoiding pornography is becoming increasingly more difficult considering the fact that – the vast majority of movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, advertisements, and websites are immoral, immodest, sexual, and pornographic in nature. We are daily bombarded … and thus daily fighting a battle. It is a battle to keep our thoughts, actions, habits, and character clean and pure and chaste. Again – this is not about playing games – this is about keeping commitments, being faithful to our spouse and children, and ensuring that our marriages and families are not torn apart.

3)Winning and Losing – and the importance to deal appropriately with both: Let’s face it, each one of us will experience much failure and success throughout life. It is one thing to lose a video game in solitude, it is quite another to be defeated in a game with peers or family watching. But learning how to be a humble and fun winner, and also a good sport and not a sore loser will translate appropriately into the other successes and inevitable failures of life.

4)To learn how to follow rules, not cheat, strive for goals, and deal with challenges: If someone can not follow the rules of a game, will they follow the rules of life? Perhaps that is a stretch, but it is important to consider regardless. If someone can learn the important lesson of not cheating in a game, will that translate into their studies, work habits, and relationships? Many games also have ‘missions’ or objectives, and often a player has to implement a strategy or develop an action plan or goals to accomplish that ‘mission.’ Not a bad lesson to learn, in my opinion! And every game certainly has its challenges, set backs, uncontrollable twists and turns – learning how to not only adjust, but deal with them maturely and appropriately is certainly an attribute that can be translated into other areas of life!

5)Avoid the consequences that result from selfish, crude, and lustful entertainment: Perhaps the greatest problem with the vast majority of entertainment of our society is the fact that it is so completely self-gratifying in nature. How often are businesses started, movies made, and shows performed to simply fill time, collect money, and satisfy selfish desires and lusts. Temporary satisfaction, immediate gratification, and discarded integrity and commitments unfortunately replaces the real joy, confidence, health, savings, conscience, and happiness that good, fun, and clean entertainment can provide. Usually the only result of such selfish and lustful entertainment is shame, embarrassment, guilt, time wasted, money lost, responsibilities avoided, commitments disregarded, and even potential legal consequences that seem to inevitably be a companion to such forms of entertainment.

Social Impacts:

6)To have fun and participate in enjoyable, social, and wholesome entertainment: Perhaps most importantly, playing games is just fun! It is recreation, entertainment, and enjoyment – but in a positive, constructive, interacting, and learning environment. Not only can one develop self-esteem, develop a skill or talent, become proud of an accomplishment, or simply develop the ability to interact and work with others – they also have fun! There is something to be said to the simple and positive psychological benefits that will inevitably result when children, teens, adults, groups, and families spend more time playing games together and less time in front of the electronic devises that comparatively can not produce the same positive benefits!

7)Developing the ability to communicate and interact with others: How unfortunate it is that an increasingly large amount of our youth today can not converse with an adult, look them in the eye, or even show any respect for them. Is this so because of the reality that many of our youth are spending much of their waking hours in front of a computer, or playing video games, etc. I am sure there is some correlation. Turning off the TV and computer and playing games (not video games) allows and sometimes forces an individual to interact with, speak to, and be involved with others. Yes, you are just playing a simple game – but hopefully an important skill and attribute is being developed in the process.

8)The ability to work with others in a team environment: In correlation with the above point, playing games allows (forces) an individual to work with, interact with, and play as a team. Again – it is just a silly game right – but welcome to the real world of the absolute necessity of working and dealing with others. From group school projects, to participation in community athletics, to the eventual work-force – learning to work and deal with others, and being part of a ‘team’ is an important skill to develop for the realities of life!

9)The absolute importance of educating, using, and stretching our minds: In my opinion, it takes very little (if any) effort at all to watch a movie, surf the web, or play a video game. Why is high school, college, and that eventual first job so difficult … because a child has not developed the ability to use their mind in a creative, disciplined way. Playing games is not only fun, it requires us to be creative, think fast on our feet, pull out information and facts we once learned, deal with a challenge, etc. Games force our minds to be active, not idle! Games require social interaction, not introverted self-removal. Games use and require a portion of the brain that enhances other aspects of life.

10)Learn from others: One of my most favorite things to do when playing games is simply to observe other players. How do they think, how do they act, how do they deal with victory or defeat, how do they interact with others, etc. The moment an individual steps away from the TV and computer (and its unending negative influences) and starts to interact with and observe others, they will soon find that they can be influenced positively (or even learn from bad examples) by observing and implementing the actions and attributes of others. 

In conclusion, it is important to note that there are certainly many forms of entertainment that are wholesome, clean, and uplifting; however, it is clearly evident that the vast majority of movies, TV shows, advertisements, commercials, websites, and even songs epitomize the immoral and negative impacts of our society’s entertainment that this article discusses. Because of this daily bombardment, it is not enough to just play games and participate in clean and wholesome entertainment because the immoral entertainment seems to always bombard us – whether we seek it out or not. We each must make a resolve to turn the TV off more, turn off the internet more, put down the magazine more, etc. and ensure that the negative influences of our society’s media and entertainment do not destroy who and what is most important in life – our family!


Loan-Out Companies for Creative Professionals – Do Artists Need to Incorporate?


If you work in the entertainment industry as a creative professional, it may be beneficial for you to form a “loan-out” company for liability and tax protection. Loan-out companies are entities which are owned by the talent; these companies then contract with third parties, such as film studios, and agree to provide the services of the owner. The talent is essentially hired by the loan-out company, who renders the services required by the company’s contract with the third party. Typically, the talent will form a Corporation or, more likely, an S Corporation. (The single member LLC is also becoming a popular vehicle for loan-out companies, depending on the state in which talent forms the business).

In other words, when MegaStudio contracts with its leading actor, the contract is between MegaStudio and ActorCorp. Actor will typically provide MegaStudio with an inducement letter in which the actor commits to provide their services to the studio and abide by the contract’s terms. The expenses which Actor incurs (lawyer’s fees, agent’s commissions, office/assistant expenses, travel expenses, wardrobe, publicity, etc.) are paid as business expenses through ActorCorp. The balance, after deducting payroll taxes, is then paid to the creative professional as salary, bonus or dividends, depending on the individual’s tax circumstances.

But when should you use a loan-out company?

If you’re a writer, actor or director, you should consider a loan-out company if your gross income from the creative services is between $75,000-$150,000 per year. However, this is only a general guideline. Depending on your personal financial situation, the corporate form may be beneficial for creative professionals who earn less, especially if you have assets you need to protect. If your gross earnings exceed $150,000 per year, a loan-out company should be considered a necessity.

In the music business, the need for a band to use a loan-out company has additional aspects which should be considered. Bands are unique, because unlike other creative professionals, there are two aspects to their business: (a) the creation/ownership/exploitation of the copyrights and (b) performance/merchandising rights. Unless you’re a solo act, your band is comprised of a couple of members, and you’ve probably got a handshake agreement where you’ve agreed to split everything you earn. This is fine if you’re a cover band playing the local saloon on Friday nights. However, most professional bands are operated through a corporation or LLC which contracts with the label and which contracts for their performances and their merchandising, with each member getting a pro rata share of the profits/losses.

Then, the band typically does one of two things. If all of the members are going to share in the publishing royalties from the song copyrights, the band will set up a separate entity to hold the copyrights. The publishing royalties are then split up through proportional shares of stock or membership interest in the loan-out company. Alternatively, each member sets up their own company, and each author’s fractional share is designated in the publishing contract with the company retained to administer the publishing rights.

In other bands, one or more (but less than all) of the members write the songs. Many of the great musical partnerships, like Lennon/McCartney, Page/Plant, Morrissey/Marr, managed their publishing in this manner. Depending on how your band agrees to split general band revenue and revenue from music publishing, all professional bands should have at least one business entity established and good documents prepared spelling out their agreement on how various revenue streams will be split.

Finally, what if you’re on the production side of the entertainment industry, i.e., producing a movie, a film, an album, or a play? In this instance, having your company organized as a corporation or an LLC is imperative. Have you ever seen a movie where there was only one producer listed in the credits? Me neither. Most producers have at least one, if not many, partners in the project. Even the smallest independent feature is likely to cost more than $100,000 to produce, and for every film which makes it to market, there are dozens where the project never makes a dime. As such, it’s important for the producers to protect themselves from liability to their investors and the myriad third parties they must contract with to get the project completed. Establishing a formal business entity which spell out the parties’ respective obligations and protect the individuals from personal liability is essential.

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