Astrophysicist, Cameron Hummels discusses his greatest creative success and greatest creative failure.
After gaining recognition for his musical talents, Lee Duck dropped out of college, signed with an agent, and began touring with his band full time. At just nineteen years old, he never imagined gaining any level of fame from music and gave even less thought to concert lighting. Dissatisfied with the lighting options that were available to a band on a shoestring budget, he took it upon himself to learn about and design lighting for his own band, drastically changing the trajectory of his career.
Have you ever stared into the night sky and wondered how it was created? What would be your best scientific guess? Listen to astrophysicist, Cameron Hummels, who researches the formation of entire galaxies (Big, huge, ginormous, galaxies!) explain how they are formed and how he uses creative thinking, facts, and evidence to arrive at complex conclusions. As a scientist studying structures that are billions of years old Cameron is consistently humbled by his place in the universe and is always striving to make a worthwhile contribution to humanity’s understanding of it.
Dave Kloc’s journey as an illustrator and screenprinter is creative in it’s own right. He’s never had a plan and didn’t even set out to be an artist, but was ushered into his career because of his go with the flow approach to life after he volunteered to create weekly show posters for the wildly successful comedy show, The Meltdown in Hollywood. As an illustrator his approach is similar; it's a stream of consciousness on paper resulting in posters that project a surrealist, dreamlike absurdity. Despite his laid back approach, he’s a perfectionist and always wants to put out work he can be proud of believing that learning occurs in the process, but not in the product.
As a former elite sprinter with a Type A personality, coaching didn't initially come easy to USC Director of Track and Field, Caryl Smith Gilbert. She had to learn that while competing requires a somewhat selfish, inward, singular focus, coaching is just the opposite. It demands altruism and self-sacrifice so others may achieve their personal goals. Coach Gilbert's creativity lies in the design of her team; assembling athletes she can mold and motivate to triumph both on the track and in classroom, while ushering them into adulthood with the promise of success well beyond their years as USC student athletes.
Lisa Gaeta is the founder of IMPACT, a self-defense training and personal safety program in Los Angeles. When the news of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of abuse, sexual harassment, and rape broke this week, women took to social media sharing accounts of sexual abuse in their own lives using the hashtag #metoo. The outpouring of stories was alarming, but sadly not that surprising given the frequency of high-profile sexual assault scandals that have dominated the media just in the past year. Reports like these give credence to the importance of Lisa Gaeta's self-defense training which isn't simply about fighting off an attacker, but becoming more assertive though communication in everyday life.
Will we all eventually just live in a virtual reality? KJ Knies and Sara Biel are virtual reality designers, entrepreneurs, and a couple. In the past few years, with the release of various headsets and advances in video technology, virtual reality has become more and more accessible to the public, but as a medium it has had a difficult time becoming mainstream. KJ and Sara are in the midst of creating experiences that make the technology relatable, consumable, interactive, and fun. Hear how they are creating exciting content, navigating a relatively unknown medium, and navigating working together as a couple.
Narrative experience and escape room designer Tommy Honton discusses his biggest creative failure and biggest creative success.
Tommy Honton tells the story of why he was fired from his soul sucking job and how it was the catalyst of his current creative endeavor in designing a narrative experience.
Courtney Nichols discusses her biggest creative success, her biggest creative failure and what it took to dive into creativity.
Did you know there are still things to be mapped? As a cartographer for National Geographic, Rosemary Wardley combines science and art to diffuse geographic knowledge to the masses. Working in a field that precedes the ancient Greeks and Romans requires that she be a servant to the past, while continually using modern technology to design maps that are engaging, enjoyable, educational for the end user.
Can yoga work for you? It’s about stretching your hamstrings and strengthening your biceps, but it’s also about improving your life. As a Yoga instructor in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Tasha Judson believes that small movements can have an enormous impact on fulfilling your potential as a conscious being. Teaching yoga gives her the opportunity to not only relieve her students of stress, but to express themselves creatively through freedom and happiness.
What's the common ground between cancer treatment and beer? As a successful oncologist, Orion Howard approaches each patient with honesty, compassion, and empathy, providing them with a dignified quality of life. His ability to listen and authentically connect with people has been one of the driving forces throughout his medical career and carried over into his new career as co-founder of Bright Ideas Brewing in North Adams, Massachusetts. Like oncology, brewing is a science that requires careful attention to the appropriate mixture of components in order to achieve success while never losing sight of the needs of the patient or the patron.
One more question for pop culture writer for the Washington Post, Elahe Izadi. How do you know if you've written something good?
Elahe Izadi is a journalist for the Washington Post who uses curiosity to fuel her creativity and fear to catalyze her growth as a writer. Covering pop culture, she writes in an entertaining fashion continuously seeking to explore and reflect the attitudes of society within the greater context of the world.
“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” - John Lydgate
The very nature of politics dictates that while one group of people will be pleased with you, another group will be utterly disappointed with your performance. Greg Lemon, who is a communications director and speechwriter on Capitol Hill is all too familiar with this juxtaposition. At a time when the news cycle never ends, the emails never let up, and the phone continuously rings, he takes a measured approach to politics applying the old baseball adage, “Keep your highs low and your lows high” and focuses on the greater goals of the team, remembering that growth and forward progress takes time.
How did you turn failure into success? Brooklyn artist, Claudia Santiso’s willingness to fail, combined with a love of experimenting with those failures, has been the foundation for her burgeoning art career. Her creative evolution as an artist and distinct, if not somewhat improbable style of painting, is a testament to her non-conformist attitude, curiosity, and years of stubborn exploration.
When most people think about public housing, they envision the failed high rise apartment buildings that were constructed in the 1950’s and 60’s. Many of those projects evolved into poorly managed slums and ghettos that were eventually demolished. Amy Winter is a planning administrator for the city of Cambridge Massachusetts, who is determined to not repeat the failures of the past. Through community outreach and innovative approaches, Amy and her colleagues are attempting to change the stigma around low income housing.
In an age where people can achieve a sense of accomplishment through likes and shares, there are those on the front lines of motivated, grassroots movements, who are taking creative approaches towards advocating for a better future. Community organizers, Sam Jewler and Katie Ashmore are well aware that change takes time, but have discovered that a combination of anger, optimism, and persistence, results in positive growth in society.