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“Creativity & Storytelling ‘Zine” (January 29, 2020)

Conflict Has Creative Value. Learn How To Use It.

Valerie Michele Oliver (The Healing Artist Studio Project) explores the art and architecture of creativity and storytelling in imaginative, innovative, playful and award-winning ways. Tisch School of the Arts (New York University) and The Mystery School (Sacred Center for the Healing Arts) graduate. | Imagine, innovate, create and love this life.

Somewhere along my life’s journey, I received a strong message that stuck in my gut for a very long time: “Do not discuss religion or politics in mixed company (or in any social or business settings) because you are asking for trouble.” I was taught that discussing these topics will create great conflict that will destroy friendships and potentially make me a persona non grata in professional circles that can lead to isolation, and perhaps even dismissal (though that reason would never be cited as the true reason).

Yes, I have seen the damage in other people’s lives; but not in my own. Sure,
conversations have become heated, but I always took the approach that we can agree to disagree because–well, there are so many other things that I often like about people with whom I have a difference of belief or opinion.
I learned to value the whole person, and not divorce myself from relationships because of a strong contrast. My oldest friend is a Republican (and always has been). Another dear friend is an atheist.

Image: Bernie Sanders, Credit: Reuters

Column Inspiration:

  Americans Skeptical Of God But Believe Heaven Is Real, Somehow (vocativ.com)

Perhaps, our relationships would be rather dull and bland without the challenges.

Conflict and Contrast Are Creative Goldmines

As a creative professional and healing artist, I was taught to value conflict and contrast as vital creative tools: contrast in colors, contrast in textures, contrast in lighting, contrast in perspective, contrast in camera angles, contrast in point-of-view, and contrast in characters to create the conflicts necessary for telling an engaging story. Conflict and contrast are CREATIVE tools and principles.

Rebellion Meets Divinity (Andrew Saunders)

Column Inspiration:

Top Designers On The Next Decade’s Visual Trends (marketingmagazine.co.uk)

Actually, spirituality and mindfulness is trending (and spiritual practices include religions), and it’s viewed as a creative trend in this and the next decade (see Creator’s Corner on Sacred Geometry); yet, the content in the articles cited that inspired this Creator’s Corner are examples of even more contrast and contradiction. One includes research citing that Millennials are disengaging from religion and spirituality. Another cites that Americans do not believe in God, but somehow believe that Heaven is real. The third article might seem like an oxymoron: it explores the concept and practice of Imaginative Conservatism.

The story of good and evil, of strength and weakness, of love and hate, of beauty and ugliness . . . neither can exist without the other . . .
out of their groupings creativeness is born.

~John Steinbeck

Creative breakthroughs often occur as the result of conflict in many aspects of the human experience. I feel like screaming again because conflict and contrast commands attention. They SHOUT and we all pay attention. The content then engages us for short or long periods of time depending on our interests, desires, emotions, and needs.

Creative Strategy

1) Become students of conflict and contrast from a creative arts perspective (Although this article is geared toward children becoming arts students, we adults can become students again for our own growth and sustainability now and in the future). Learn as much as we can about the use and value of conflict and contrast. Watching films and television with an eye for identifying their use in these mediums (and their success or failure from which we can learn lessons) can only help to shake off our antiquated negative attachments to them. Immersing ourselves in them helps to shape-shift our relationship from enemies to allies.

2) Share what we discover as part of our content offerings, or use these new allies in content strategy, content marketing, marketing strategy, songwriting, storytelling, or even to become more comfortable in our own psyches and skins with their value to attract, reach, impact and inspire others as creative professionals, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, content curators, coaches, mentors, etc. through the variety of communications and media we use as calling cards and other enduring connection platforms in our careers or missions.

3) Read content sources in the April 20, 2016 edition of the Creativity & Spirituality Magazine that include elements of conflict and contrast through color, dance, innovation, and challenging preconceived or learned concepts that inhibit our creativity. Plus read the Creator’s Corner column: How to Work Well and Play with “The Others” To Succeed.

MAY YOU DISCOVER MORE CREATIVE ideas and storytelling support now (and in the future) by exploring the Creativity & Storytelling ‘Zine, and previous Creator’s Corner columns: How To Work (And Play) Well With “The Others” To SucceedBest Visual Content = Storytelling Solutions via A&E ProfessionalsLies & Storytelling: Strange Bedfellows in Shades of Gray; Best Storytelling Has Sensory Empathy (or It’s Important to Engage the Senses)Get Up To Speed On Quality Do-It-Yourself Storytelling: On a Low BudgetBest Storytelling is Copied, Stolen Content? (or The Lighter Shade of Led Zeppellin)The Joy is in the Story Journey (or Mission Impossible)Best Story Content Grounded In Our Past & Current LifeConflict Has Creative Value, Learn How To Use ItCard Decks & the Mystic or Visionary PersonaHere Comes Play-Doh, and Sacred Geometry–Visual Storytelling Content: One Of Top Four Creative Trends 2016.

Dare to shine, be generous, and love this life.

Valerie

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Creator’s Corner is dedicated to sharing ideas that come to mind after reading and selecting articles for The Creativity & Storytelling ‘Zine (as the editor) that may be useful in a professional or personal capacity. Interest in creativity and spirituality as content, for usage in arts & entertainment, and as lifestyle choices for businesses, projects and services (groups that have a way of life that may or may not be included
in their brand identity), can be relevant to anyone anywhere in the world covering a variety of professions.

Valerie Michele Oliver (The Healing Artist Studio Project) explores the art and architecture of creativity and storytelling in imaginative, innovative, playful and award-winning ways. Tisch School of the Arts (New York University) and The Mystery School (Sacred Center for the Healing Arts) graduate. | Imagine, innovate, create and love this life.

“Creativity & Storytelling ‘Zine” Featured Articles (January 8, 2020)

Creativity & Storytelling ‘Zine is a Creator’s Corner publication by The Pursuit Studio available weekly featuring creativity, storytelling, innovation, ideas, leadership and influencer content for artists, writers, screenwriters, authors, entrepreneurs, producers, directors, marketers, publicists, coaches, and other professionals in pursuit of creative and storytelling excellence in our fields. Check it out!

Creative Director For “Gloria’s Healthy Home & Body” New TV Show Launch on Rude Rangers TV on Roku in 2020

PHOTO: Gloria Washington-Mines & Rudy Breedy

NEWS UPDATE: Expect the Unexpected! Heard from Gloria Washington-Mines that she’s launching a show (“Gloria’s Healthy Home & Body”) on the Rude Rangers TV and Ambizion TV available on the Roku TV platform that serves over 30 million subscribers. Congratulations Gloria! I’ll be acting as a consulting producer for the program. Began meetings to help #brand and format the show! Also had great conversation with Rudy Breedy, Vice President of Programming for the network about The Pursuit Studio’s episodic and film projects. Discover more!

“Creativity & Storytelling ‘Zine” Featured Article (December 18, 2019)

Creativity & Storytelling ‘Zine is a Creator’s Corner publication by The Pursuit Studio available weekly featuring creativity, storytelling, innovation, ideas, leadership and influencer content for artists, writers, filmmakers, authors, entrepreneurs, and other professionals in pursuit of creative excellence in our fields. Check it out!

“The Most Damaging Creativity Lie” Featured Article in “Creativity & Storytelling ‘Zine” (December 4, 2019)

Creativity & Storytelling ‘Zine is a Creator’s Corner publication by The Pursuit Studio available weekly featuring creativity, storytelling, innovation, ideas, leadership and influencer content for artists, writers, filmmakers, authors, entrepreneurs, and other professionals in pursuit of creative excellence in our fields. Check it out!

Focused On Writing, Producing, Developing and Directing Stories (Film, TV/Streaming Content).

6c13f-valerie2bheadshotHEADS UP! Although there is, currently, very little writing for the blog content of this website due to Film/TV/Streaming projects having so much of my focus, I expect to get back to it at some point. I’ll post project updates here when I can for you to discover more, or better yet, you can track my profile project slate at: Slated.com or Val’s Film & TV Projects Supporters Group (on Facebook). Here’s an image to give you a taste of one of them.

IN THE MEANTIME…I hope you find value in the Creativity & Storytelling content in the posts on the right to get you up to speed in these vital areas. Thanks for visiting!

FEATURED PROJECT: SHORT FILM (in “Between Us” Trilogy)

GIFTS (Based on true story adapted from short story)
Logline: During her dinner date with a 20-something, alluring new female neighbor, a romance-starved, impetuous 50-something woman speaks some unfortunate words that could ruin a promising relationship. | Potential crew & cast access: https://www.slated.com/people/10143/

Valerie

“Things are only impossible until they’re not.”
“Make it so.”
~ Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Valerie Mich’El Oliver explores the art and architecture of creativity and storytelling in imaginative, innovative, playful and award-winning ways. Tisch School of the Arts (New York University) and The Mystery School (Sacred Center for the Healing Arts) graduate. | Imagine, innovate, create, be generous, love this life, and dare to shine.

#1 TOP CONTENT | Best Story Content Grounded In Our Past & Current Life

I ATTENDED ONE OF THE FIRST “alternate” high schools in the United States in New Jersey. The Team School was innovative and unique at that time because the students, teachers, and parents worked together to determine the courses, type of government to address conflicts and issues, and handled the daily operations. The mornings were dedicated to academic courses necessary for college preparation, and the afternoon courses were electives taught by parents who were professionals in their chosen fields.

LISA SANDERSON’S DAD TAUGHT the creative writing elective, and he drilled into our heads the following regarding story content: Write about what you know, what you are experiencing in your own home environments and communities. You will never go wrong with paying attention to what often goes unnoticed, and how these events and relationships affect you and those around you. 

Nick Lupi and Jimmy Nice, of Spit Syndicate. 

 

Image Credit: The Sydney Morning Herald. Photo: Nic Walker

MR. SANDERSON TAUGHT US TO PAY attention and mine for gold in our own hearts, thoughts (and those of others), and locations grounded in our daily experiences of life. 

I CHOSE THESE TWO ARTICLES BECAUSE they remind me that there’s so much value in the wealth of content in my past and current communities that I used to take for granted before taking Mr. Sanderson’s class. As a storyteller, screenwriter, film producer, healing artist, content specialist (and award-winning writer/blogger, editor, art director, and marketing specialist) I know from past experience and successes that unlike Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, I don’t have to travel to realize that “there’s no place like home” for stories and other content.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE FLASH FICTION STORY, Back Up The Truck, is inspired by a domestic violence true story from my childhood. Many of us grew up in a war zone of domestic violence that impacted our lives in those moments and beyond.

ONE DAY MY BEST FRIEND WHO LIVED next door came running to my house to get my help. His “uncle” was beating his mother and we needed to find a way to distract him. First, we tried to physically pull Uncle Charlie off his mom, but he was too strong. So, we decided to distract him by taking as much of his clothing as possible from his room, putting the clothes into a pile in the backyard, and soaking the clothes with liter fluid to create a bonfire. We then ran back into the house and started yelling “Fire!” It worked!

THE SHORT STORY “GIFTS” is also inspired by a true story about a highly-anticipated first date gone wrong and what happens as a result.

 
Image Credit: Medium.com    

Creative Strategy: How I See Using This Story

1) USE THIS FLASH FICTION STORY in an anti-domestic violence campaign focusing on how it impacts children. Create a number of story scenarios to drive home this point to attract and engage audience stakeholders.

2) USE THE STORY IN A RAW, EDGY marketing campaign about childhood friendships that survive traumatic situations and endure the test of time that leads to happiness in some form–a product, event, fine arts project, or service they share (an antithesis to the traditional “Hallmark” variety content). My friend and I had to instantaneously come up with an intelligent, creative and practical solution under intense stress. The physical approach failed, so we quickly moved on to save his mom from that attack. We worked together to accomplish it. We were both about 11-years-old. 

THERE’S A LARGER MESSAGE in these stories for us: If two 11-year-old children are capable of these types of creative and practical solutions under this kind of duress, then certainly we can (or can learn how to) access these qualities within ourselves.

THIS STORY IS JUST ONE IN A SLATE that are either already written as short stories (some written under strict time constraints as the creative structure model) that are to become short film scripts or expanded into larger formats for film, television and theater.

MAY YOU DISCOVER MORE CREATIVE ideas and storytelling support now (and in the future).  

Valerie

“Things are only impossible until they’re not.”
“Make it so.”
Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Valerie Mich’El Oliver explores the art and architecture of creativity and storytelling in imaginative, innovative, playful and award-winning ways. Tisch School of the Arts (New York University) and The Mystery School (Sacred Center for the Healing Arts) graduate. | Imagine, innovate, create, be generous, love this life, and dare to shine.

Tom Comerford: Best Content Uses Current & Past Life Stories

6c13f-valerie2bheadshotTOM COMERFORD. I was in shock, depressed, and lost after the death of my mother. Tom was a District Manager for the State of New Jersey’s Division of Youth & Family Services. He hired me to provide payments to all the foster care parents in the huge district. He helped me get back on my feet mentally, emotionally, and financially; and that job led to meeting my best friend who has been in my life for 37 years.

Years later, I learned that he fell in love with my mother and asked her to marry him when he was a Catholic priest working beside her on an innovative community project. They were pioneers in race relations through Operation Understanding: a program that worked with churches to place inner city kids in suburban family homes and vice versa. It fostered some really amazing life-long friendships, and more!

Richard Chamberlain Thorn Birds

Rachel Ward and Richard Chamberlain in “The Thorn Birds” (Credit: ABC)

Her answer was “No”, and eventually, he left the priesthood, married a former nun, and had his own family. Tom passed away a number of years ago. Funny thing is, he was always my favorite priest, and if things had gone his way, he would have been my stepfather. As it turned out, mom married an Episcopal minister.

This is a short story that could lead to multiple stories from different perspectives about these relationships. And so it goes. Cheers!

Read more about this best practice of using past and current life experiences as storytelling content to attract and engage your audience, readers, clients, and customers.

Valerie

“Things are only impossible until they’re not.”
“Make it so.”
~ Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Valerie Mich’El Oliver explores the art and architecture of creativity and storytelling in imaginative, innovative, playful and award-winning ways. Tisch School of the Arts (New York University) and The Mystery School (Sacred Center for the Healing Arts) graduate. | Imagine, innovate, create, be generous, love this life, and dare to shine.

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