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Learning From Cats

December 10, 2019
Posted by Dovetail


What type of work do you feel the need to have inspiration to complete?

Well, I’d say I’m inspired by something on every project. It’s hard not to be inspired (even if it’s subconsciously), and it would be unwise NOT to continuously seek out inspiration. There’s no better way to grow as a creative. If you’re complacent in seeking inspiration, then what’s the point of it all? That sounds philosophical.

The oddest place you’ve found inspiration recently?

I was watching a football game a few weeks back and a black cat somehow made its way onto the field. There was no reason for it to be there, but that cat did what it wanted to do and didn’t care what anyone else thought about it. It took a pretty big risk and seemed to have a blast doing it. I think we could all learn a little something from that cat.

Who is a book or movie character that inspires you?

I’ve been watching the show The World According to Jeff Goldblum lately. I’ve always thought Jeff was interesting (how could you not?), but he’s a genuinely joyful and joyfully infectious person on this show. His entrancing childlike reactions to essentially everything he encounters reminds me that, as long as you’re open enough to look for it, you can find inspiration in even the tiniest things in life. He’s not a book or a movie character in this instance, but that was close enough to answering the question, right?

Most inspiring football team… other than the KC Chiefs?

Trick question. There’s only the Chiefs. Did I get it right?

What space or setting helps expand your thinking?

I really enjoy collaborating with others to expand how I think. I recognize what I do well, and I get excited when I can work with others who have certain skills that are better than mine. Collaborating in that way both makes me a better creative, and makes for a better end product.

What do you do when you’re feeling utterly uninspired?

I usually curl up into a ball and cry for hours. Or, if that doesn’t work, I simply change gears and work on another project, maybe noodle on the guitar, or see what others around me are doing. I’m generally optimistic enough that my mind will kick back into gear if I give it the right juice. Or something like that.

Anything else… (Insert comedic things here)

I like Jimmy John’s tag, “Because sandwich.” It’s funny, to the point, and it’s Jimmy John’s at its essence. Makes me laugh every time. Now I want a sandwich…

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