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Recently Rayhaan Traboulay interviewed me for his online magazine thirdeyephotozine. Here’s an excerpt.
RH I recently had a discussion with a friend about creativity within people. I
find that people either generally “have it” or don’t. I believe that you
can’t really teach it too much. Theres room for improvement and critiques
and so on, but I find it is either innate in someone or it’s not. Would you
agree or no?
JPC I disagree – strongly. To be a successful creative person in any field, it
takes perseverance, intelligence, hard work, skill, talent, and luck – in
that order. Everyone is creative. Different people have different creative
strengths. It helps to find the areas each of us are strongest in and to
develop skills within other areas to become more versatile. Creativity is
not contained to the arts. Some of the most creative people in history and
with us on the planet today work in the fields of science and business. We
all have something to offer. And something to learn from each other.
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  • JH

    21.09.2008 at 11:10 Reply

    Good point – creativity being within everyone. The real mystery is how it starts to develop and flower, often in unexpected directions.

  • Kathy

    21.09.2008 at 15:11 Reply

    Yes, I share the belief that everyone has innate creativity – and that it’s not limited to being able to draw, paint, etc.
    When working with people in the Guerilla Studio I always approach them with the attitude that “yes, you can! Lets see what tools we have here that you can start to work with…”

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