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If you want to get stuff made regularly, get your duty on and work out who you're doing it for.

In this episode, Leila addresses the common misconception that creative work always has to follow on from an urge, or desire. She explains why you can never put your hopes in motivation – it won't stick around. Get a routine, and do it for someone else, and you'll stand a chance of getting to done.

If you enjoy Hack Circus, don’t forget to rate or review on iTunes, or just tell a friend about it!

And remember to check out Hackcircuspodcast.com

In between episodes (uploaded every Thursday) you can glimpse behind the curtain by following us on Facebook (hackcircus), Instagram (hackcircus), Twitter (hackcircus) and Snapchat (can you guess?).

Enjoy!

Direct download: Creativity_Clinic_13__How_to_make_things_frequently.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

How do you get inspired in the least inspiring circumstances? I answer a listener's question about staying creative even when exhausted and miles from home, this week – bringing in a mixture of my own experience and reading, as ever.

If you enjoy Hack Circus, don’t forget to rate or review on iTunes, or just tell a friend about it!

In between episodes (uploaded every Thursday) you can glimpse behind the curtain by following us on Facebook (hackcircus), Instagram (hackcircus), Twitter (hackcircus) and Snapchat (can you guess?).

Enjoy!

Direct download: Creativity_Clinic_12__How_can_you_be_creative_on_the_road.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Emma Bearman founded Playful Leeds – now Playful Anywhere, and is the proud proprietor of the Playbox, a shipping container full of surprises, entertainment and imaginative potential that turns up in public spaces all over Yorkshire. Emma also founded The Culture Vulture, the very successful magazine site rounding up the best of the Leeds arts scene.

In this chat, we find out about the challenges of facilitating a vision of this scale on your own, how play relates to disobedience, and where the drive to create playful spaces comes from in the first place.

https://vimeo.com/68169045 (Urban Mischief video, with the diving board etc)

https://twitter.com/PlayfulAnywhere

http://www.playfulanywhere.co.uk

https://theculturevulture.co.uk/

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/emmabearman

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/why-robots-are-set-to-take-over-leeds-1-6037956

Direct download: Emma_Bearman_The_Willy_Wonka_of_Leeds.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

A short but packed episode where I explain why you should create, rather than simply drink up experiences; why you may not be using your community to the full (but feel like you are) and why our constraints really do set us free.

To discuss any of these ideas and more, get in touch via editor@hackcircus.com, or on social media (@hackcircus and hackcircuspodcast on Facebook). You should also check out the weekly Creativity Clinic newsletter: leilajohnston.com/newsletter which delivers tips like these straight to your inbox every Monday, bringing actionable advice for your creative week ahead.

Direct download: Creativity_Clinic_11__Why_you_should_create_Experiences.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This week I meet showmen and fairground archivists at the National Fairground & Circus Archive in Sheffield, and learn about the fascinating and community-minded history of travelling show people of the UK.

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/nfca

Lionel Bathe's photos of fairgrounds

https://patcollinsfunfairs.co.uk/

Anthony Harris (Youngest wall of death rider in the world, in the 1940s)

 

Direct download: National_Fairground_and_Circus_Archive_meeting_the_showmen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

We need to look closely at what we're trying to protect, about ourselves, whenever we feel fearful of making big steps in our creative lives. When we really examine the anxiety, it often turns out to be a case of building a wall around a part of us that is in fact, totally dispensable. There's plenty more of us where that came from! We can take a few hits! 

Find out what we should really be protecting instead, in this short Creativity Clinic episode.

If you enjoy Hack Circus, don’t forget to rate or review on iTunes, or just tell a friend about it!

In between episodes (uploaded every Thursday) you can glimpse behind the curtain by following us on Facebook (hackcircus), Instagram (hackcircus), Twitter (hackcircus) and Snapchat (can you guess?).

Enjoy!

Direct download: Creativity_Clinic_10__whats_worth_protecting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Neil Mullarkey is known as one of the Comedy Store Players – the famous long-running improv troupe with their own theatre in central London.

He also works with brands and businesses, helping the corporate environment to benefit from the agility of improvisational thought.

In this fun chat we discuss (among other things) Neil's creative background, a comedy career that started as President of the Cambridge Footlights, his old double act with Mike Myers, the benefits of improv, and the careful systems put in place to make improv work in a theatre – and on TV.

http://neilmullarkey.com/ 
http://twitter.com/neilmullarkey

 

Direct download: Neil_Mullarkey_Improv_for_everyday_life.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

To share your work and reach a wider audience, you have to be prepared to relinquish some of it. Leila explains the problem and suggests some ways to do this more effectively, in this short episode.

If you enjoy Hack Circus, don’t forget to rate or review on iTunes, or just tell a friend about it!

In between episodes (uploaded every Thursday) you can glimpse behind the curtain by following us on Facebook(hackcircus), Instagram (hackcircus), Twitter (hackcircus) and Snapchat (can you guess?).

Enjoy!

Direct download: Creativity_Clinic_9__why_you_cant_care_and_share.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Mike is a mindfulness teacher based on the Isle of Man.

Mindfulness and meditation are portrayed as serene but it can also be a serious confrontation with the self which brings a raw, often brutal, truth to the surface.

We discuss the reality of mindfulness – processing negative emotions that rise up, the positive breaking down of the self, how to properly watch your self, and how to find the courage to let go. 

Mike has had his own fundamental consciousness-expanding experience, which we also discuss in this episode.

Mike's website is: MyFreeMind.org and you can find him on twitter at MyFreeMind_IOM

 

Direct download: Mike_Kewley_mindfulness_and_the_self.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Valentina Fois – creative in business

We all have our dreams – run a gallery, open a cafe, do a Masters degree, learn a language... Most of us are lazy and distracted and never quite seem to get off the blocks, but serial entrepreneur, curator and marketing guru Valentina Fois has made all these dreams come true, and more. 

Valentina's new cafe, Lele's (in Clapton, East London) is open throughout the festive period and has various seasonal offers HC listeners should check out – including panettonne (of course!) and original art and design work from independent creators, in a specially curated pop-up shop.

We talk about that, plus the future of consumer tech, wake-up calls, being the boss, and more, in this special festive episode.

It's always great to talk to someone who actually does things rather than just talks about doing themHopefully this chat will give us all a much-needed boost as we go into 2017.

You can follow Valentina on Twitter, and check out her cafe, Lele's, next time you're in the area. If you’re enjoying Hack Circus, give us a quick iTunes rating or tell a friend about the show. You can also find us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Snapchat, IRC etc.

 

Direct download: Valentina__creative_in_business.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT