Creative and Productivity Advice

How to Be Productive as an Artist

freeringcircus_dd1mqe | January 18, 2020

When we first begin our creative hobbies, we paint, draw, or write when we feel like it. It’s a source of relaxation and fulfillment. If we don’t feel like doing it or we’re too busy, it falls by the wayside, …

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How to Create a Design Portfolio that Wows

freeringcircus_dd1mqe | January 17, 2020

You probably know that for any professional artist — or anyone in a creative field — promotion is everything. You can’t waltz into galleries anymore with your paintings in tow. Dozens if not hundreds of other artists have beat you …

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Is Talent a Myth?

freeringcircus_dd1mqe | October 28, 2019

Whether we’re talking about an actor we admire or wondering if we’re qualified for that job we want, we talk a lot about “talent.” Are you talented? What’s your talent? HR people and recruiters even call people “talent.” Talent seems …

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Productivity Tips and Tricks from the Theatre

freeringcircus_dd1mqe | October 16, 2019

Productivity is a science, a market, a way of life… but ultimately, it’s a performance. You’re trying to manipulate your time and energy while using your skills to get stuff done. Like any type of performance, productivity has its own …

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How to Find Your Perfect Productivity System

freeringcircus_dd1mqe | September 23, 2019

Productivity is a market, a subculture, a philosophy, and the bane of everyone’s existence. Perhaps you struggle with prioritizing your tasks. Perhaps you feel like you chug and chug along but can’t get enough time. Perhaps you’re easily distracted. Perhaps …

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Storytelling: The Key to a Successful Marketing Strategy

freeringcircus_dd1mqe | September 14, 2019

Even if you’re not a marketing guru, you’ve probably noticed that major brands all have characters — Flo, Mayhem, and the various mascots of Geico — that feature prominently in both print and digital advertising. Commercials are an especially powerful …

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What to Do When You Don’t Have a Mentor

freeringcircus_dd1mqe | September 11, 2019

Read any blog catered toward students, entrepreneurs, or professional artists, and you’ll come across an article advising you to get a mentor to help guide you through the trouble spots, boost your confidence, yadda yadda yadda.

Great! Simply approach someone …

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Find Your True Purpose

freeringcircus_dd1mqe | September 4, 2019

Have you ever done an Ikigai? Pronounced “eye-ka-guy,” this Japanese system can help you find the points of connection among what you love, what you’re good at it, what the world needs, and what you can get paid for. It’s …

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Do You Live for the Weekend?

freeringcircus_dd1mqe | August 30, 2019

Weekends are so quintessentially American that there is an entire subculture celebrating Friday: hashtags and memes, a horrible Rebecca Black song, and a restaurant chain.

This fondness for Friday stems from the traditional workweek, which emerged from the need to …

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How to Create the Perfect Resumé

freeringcircus_dd1mqe | August 27, 2019

Ah, resumés, the necessary evil of the job search. They can make or break your search, and they’re remarkably easy to mess up. While many people have tried to break down the exact science of the perfect resumé, few have …

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