Bold Purpose

Here’s a book recommendation: The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker. I’m sad that my copy is stuck in the city I left a few months ago. It contains so many well-articulated arguments for giving a clearer purpose to any type of gathering we host. The lessons in the book are particularly important now, whenContinue reading “Bold Purpose”

Slow, Slow Start

A lot of what I write here takes the form of permission slips: “Forgive yourself for…” “Allow yourself to be…” (I think it’s pretty clear that I’m often writing these “slips” for myself. Is that self-absorbed? Maybe. But I also believe that what’s true for me can be true for others. For me, making artContinue reading “Slow, Slow Start”

Trust Your Eye

We all have taste. And though many people think they can teach “good taste”, I’m not so sure that’s true. I’m a bit confused about what “good taste” means, to be honest. Trust that you have a good eye for many things. Hone it and develop some skills, for sure… But sometimes our instincts needsContinue reading “Trust Your Eye”

The High Price

“You are only free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every pace — no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.” Maya Angelou I’m sure I’ve written about this Maya Angelou quote before but it bears repeating. Creativity can so easily get stifled by anxiety around whatContinue reading “The High Price”

Small but Consistent

My mind goes in a million different directions every time I sit down to write one of these posts. decentre is ultimately about theatre and performance, but those of course intersect with many other artistic disciplines. I enjoy writing about everything from productivity to empathy… and oftentimes the connection to theatre isn’t immediately apparent. ButContinue reading “Small but Consistent”

JUST WRITE

I’ve been using the app Bear. It’s helpful. Typically when I sit down to start writing something my mind goes on a ridiculous amount of tangents, and its hashtag system is effective at keeping me somewhat organized. It’s always good to find some sort of system that works for your particular approach to the creativeContinue reading “JUST WRITE”

Only Enthusiasm

There are people who are very intrigued by the work you’re putting out there. Sure, there may be some who have voiced disapproval, but if they can’t engage in honest conversation about how your work confuses or somehow hurts them then they don’t deserve your focus. Those you allow directly behind or beside you whileContinue reading “Only Enthusiasm”

Eye of the Beholder

A cliché that’s worth repeating. Beauty is, in fact, in the eye of the beholder. We each have our own interpretation of beauty and it’s never an objective truth. For me that’s liberating: I can focus on creating something that speaks to me and not worry about how others will perceive it. If I seeContinue reading “Eye of the Beholder”