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!

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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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How to Work (and Play) Well With “The Others” to Succeed

I ATTENDED A GRADUATE SCHOOL WHERE ARTS & BUSINESS STUDENTS WERE BROUGHT TOGETHER–on purpose–to propose, create and apply communications technology solutions as a team to problems. As graduate students of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), we were encouraged to face our distrust of “the others'” approaches to problem-solving (creative arts vs. business) and collaborate in playful and experimental ways to meet the needs of individuals, groups; local, national, and global communities–artistic, nonprofit and commercial–who we were learning to serve as a workforce. Otherwise, we could not succeed in our studies, projects, or current and future employment.

How Can I Trust You?

WE HAD TO FIND WAYS TO KEEP AN OPEN MIND, TRUST, AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER (even if one’s primary incentive might only be to get a good grade). Sometimes trusting simply meant investing in the belief that we would do whatever we could to help each other succeed for the sake of that project. Those who couldn’t or wouldn’t commit, who gave up, failed: they either left the program or flunked out. For those of us who did commit, paths always eventually opened, and some of those solutions we accomplished together were simply astounding. Those collaborations and solutions led to our Information Age and what’s coming beyond it.

NOTE: The Interactive Telecommunications Masters Program in Tisch School of the Arts at New York University is going strong. Check out some of the pioneering and innovative courses.

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Akira Jurosawa: The Note Taker

 

How Not To Give Up Before The Miracle Happens

I READ SOME LITERATURE TODAY TO HELP INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE ME NOT TO GIVE UP in areas that I want and need to change in my life (personal and professional). I get tired and discouraged at times. I can’t afford “keeping up appearances” (like Hyacinth, the character in the British BBC program) because I’ve learned the hard way that doing so is incredibly stressful and hurts my health. One quote I read is from an article (AKIRA KUROSAWA: The Note Taker) included in the Creativity & Storytelling ‘Zine, Sunday, February 12, 2017 edition is just the right medicine:

“Kurosawa was determined to become a better screenwriter and set about writing one page a day, despite how busy he was as an AD, ‘There was nothing I could do about the nights I had to work till dawn, but when I had time to sleep, even after crawling into bed I would turn out two or three pages.’ Writing didn’t come easy, but over time the daily struggle became a habit and Kurosawa found that like most creative endeavors, just showing up was the key.At some point in the writing of every script I feel like giving the whole thing up. From my many experiences of writing screenplays however, I have learned something: If I hold fast in the face of this blankness and despair, adopting the tactic of Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect, who glared at the wall that stood in his way until his legs became useless, a path will open up.'”

      

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“Keeping Up Appearances”

SOMETIMES I THINK THAT WE HUMANS SUFFER FROM CHRONIC FORGETFULNESS: we work hard on something, complete it, and then lose our confidence in what we’ve learned and know: we start from the beginning again–over and over–in uncertainty (a creative-specific conflict forgetting like in the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind–though they choose to forget!). We stick to our endeavors, come through again, and hope we will remember in the future.

THE HEALING ARTIST STUDIO PROJECT BLOG, THE CREATIVITY & STORYTELLING ‘ZINE, and all the writing, content curating, posting and tweeting I do is my way of remembering, of continuing the open-mindedness, trust, and collaboration I learned as a high school student at The Team School, and as a graduate student at ITP.

WE ARE NOT IN A PHYSICAL CLASS TOGETHER, AND MAY NEVER MEET, but I choose to believe that I am investing in our creative and business problem-solving success to benefit our world through the practical and miraculous solution we are every day.

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.

Here Comes Play-Doh

Recently, I learned that Play-Doh was created as the result of a fortunate accident. It was invented in the 1930s by Noah McVicker, who mixed together flour, water, salt, boric acid and mineral oil, and marketed the concoction through his family’s soap company as wallpaper cleaner. Chances are that Noah never dreamed that his invention would be used as a creative tool by children (of all ages) and become induced into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998!

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Use Play-Doh as visual content to inform, educate, inspire, attract, promote, aesthetic (purely as art for arts sake ), or for fun and play to help achieve your goal or purpose. Bring out the child within and play with Play-Doh (or any other modeling resource) to discover it’s creative possibilities as part of content, content strategy or content marketing.

Brent says to plan to make mistakes. My mentor, Red Burns (who was the creator and chair of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University from 1982-2010), taught me that there are no mistakes–there are only learning opportunities and ways to exploit them as potential solutions to creative problems. We students became masters at creating, and playing with interactive applications and technologies as tools to serve needs, wants, requirements, desires and dreams. We imagined so many possibilities and made many of them realities that are being used in the world today.

Certainly it’s easy to see that Play-Doh can be used as content to attract and communicate with children in your particular business, project or service, but what about with adults? Many of us are familiar with Play-Doh because we played with it ourselves, or purchased it for our kids.

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We have both creative and emotional attachments (conscious or subconscious) to it. It can be used as content for a book cover, album cover; lyrics in a song, or other audio format; magazine, advertisement, presentation, short film, trailer, promotional video, card decks, or in some other content capacity. 


We can use a modeling resource to create visual forms of any kind (Rainbow Ideas used birds), including typography, abstract forms, and sigil symbols. The Play-Doh color palette is vivid and bright, so human figures can be sculpted or molded that helps to get a message across without creating conflict around the cultural or diversity challenges many of us face in our relationships today (unless our content is intended to create conflict for a useful purpose). Make my face magenta please.


Play-Doh. Imagine the creative possibilities.


May you discover more creative ideas and spiritual support now (and in the future) by exploring the Creativity & Spirituality Magazine, 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 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 & Spirituality Magazine (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.

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Sacred Geometry, Visual Storytelling Content: One of Top Four Creative Trends

The Creator’s Corner is dedicated to sharing ideas that come to mind after reading and selecting articles for The Creativity & Storytelling Magazine (as the editor) that may be useful to you in a professional or personal capacity.

Creativity and storytelling as content for usage in arts &
entertainment, or as elements of 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.

1) Article & Source: How To Inject Creativity Into Your Social Media Strategy: Top Four Creative Trends 2016 (theundercoverrecruiter.com)

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2) Article & Source: Are You In A Creative Void? Spiritual Timing Could Be The Cause Of Your Frustration (healing.about.com)

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The ancients believed that astronomical phenomena were connected to terrestrial events. ~ from “Star of Bethlehem”, Wikipedia

Use sigils as visual content to inform, educate, inspire, attract, promote, aesthetic (purely as art for arts sake ) for business, a project, service, or personal wellness. There are so many sigil forms to discover.  

Sigils are sacred geometry symbol forms that the ancients considered to be the marks of angels, deities, and other powerful entities; they are archetype conduits that merge science, creativity and spirituality. They used specific formulas to create them for specific purposes, and this practice continues today for healing, growth, and change purposes.

Sigils can be created and placed in specific formations on paper, on fabric, in art, in space, in the ground, and placed on the floor for a person to lie within that can serve as a portal, a gateway.

Here’s one creative use example: Imagine the possibilities for how these forms can be creatively used as visual content in a video for travel by having a person sit within a formation that transports them to a particular place (in space or time), or in their own mind/consciousness or spirit.  

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OUR ALPHABET has its roots as energetic communication symbols that can be re-purposed today as sigils in support of creative pursuits. Many fine artists and visual communicators already know the significance of historical studies concerning lettering/typography, as well as healers and shaman who use sigils through study of sacred symbols and how the ancients used them. The creative possibilities for using sigils are only limited to one’s imagination and creative intention.

 STAR SIGILS (My Personal Calculations & Creations)

Imagine when looking up at the stars shining so bright that they always have a counterpart on earth.

Book Project Star Sigil

Imagine that every person has a constellation–a sacred geometry symbol that represents them: that people’s lives are reflected in a mini-universe of stars that includes, not only their names, but all the people who are in their circle; the names of the places they have been employed, their projects–their past, present and future–all in a dynamic cosmic blueprint.

Imagine that these star sigils tell unique stories of which the content is star light energy in space.

Name Star Sigil

Imagine the creative solution not being about trying hard, working hard, thinking hard, or struggling but about aligning to or harmonizing with our sacred geometry forms.

Discover more creative ideas and spiritual support now (and in the future) by exploring The Creativity & Spirituality Magazine archives, and previous The 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 and enjoy living.

Valerie

 

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.

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#creator #creativeindustry #constellation #ahealingartist

Card Decks and The Mystic or Visionary Persona

The Creator’s Corner is dedicated to sharing ideas that come to mind after reading and selecting articles for The Creativity & Spirituality Magazine (as the editor) that may be useful to you 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.

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Credit: Ariel Hart, Illustrator & Social Media Maven

Have a seat. Let’s take a close look at the cards. I see two creative ideas in your future for you to manifest using the content in this article for your business, project, service, and/or spiritual wellness.

1) Create a card deck as visual content to inform, educate, inspire, attract, promote, aesthetic (purely as art for arts sake ), or for fun and play to help achieve your goal or purpose. The Lisa Frank Tarot Deck is so eye-catching with it’s rainbow color-palette and the use of animals that focus on the child within us. It’s also very feminine in tone and energy. Of course, your deck will have it’s own special, unique character, attitude, colors and design, responsive to your audience, clients, customers, fans, or personal needs (healing, growth, change).

2) Use the persona of the Mystic or Visionary as copy and/or visual content to inform, educate, inspire, attract, promote, or otherwise engage people in an interactive or passive format. Are you certain about what you can provide or share? Are you confident in your voice as a leader? Do you have the knowledge, talent, skills, heart, or soul to deliver on your promise or vision? What story can you tell about the future behavior, attitudes, feelings, status, environment, concerns, etc. of your audience, clients, customers, fans through the solutions you have to offer through what you create, produce or provide?

MAY YOU DISCOVER MORE CREATIVE ideas and spiritual support now (and in the future) by exploring the Creativity & Spirituality Magazine, 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 and love this life.

Valerie

 

 

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.

Hashtag keys: #marketingtips #contentstrategy #entrepreneur #creativity #spirituality #leaders #leadership #marketingstrategy #writing #self-publishing #authors #thumbsup #marketing #technology #content #creator, #creativeindustry #ahealingartist