Five tips to building personal resilience for those in the creative sector

a drop of water about to hit a pool of water, all lit in reds and oranges.If you work in the arts sector, you’ve probably caught sight of the Guardian’s piece on the fickle nature of acting, and the ultimate toll it can take on actors (also worth a read is Katie Brennan’s musings on that piece).

Basically its harsh trying to make it as an actor, and at the moment I’d extend that to all of us working in the cultural sector – it’s tough out there at the moment and getting tougher. Continue reading

Strategy, strategy, strategy – success is not an accident

a model of the west kowloon site.Last week I went to West Kowloon in Hong Kong. In ten years time this will be one of the largest cultural quarters on the planet, if all goes to plan. At the moment it’s a building site for underground infrastructure – trains, parking, utilities.

I met some of those working on its development – and left excited about its potential for getting stuff right from the start. Rarely is there the chance to create so much from scratch, without having to undo a history of discrimination, barriers and rigidity. Everyone must want to get involved here, I thought. Continue reading

Time planning: getting on top of the wave

unusual clock face - like a spiral,a sun,  using roman numerals.I woke this morning with a sense of tightness in my chest – kind of like something had stuck in my ribcage. Uncomfortable. I get to feel like this when things are getting busy and I can’t quite work out how I’m going to do everything on my list before the time I need to. Continue reading