146 - Selling what you want. Selling what customers want.

You can sell anything you want. The secret is to sell what other people want. I’m not going to get into the difference between selling what people want and what people need I’ll cover that in another episode one day. 

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142 - Art as a secondary power

I'm not really sure how to describe this. Super power seems like it would be the main power but what is it when your power isn't the main thing? What if you are a brain scientist who wants to talk about brain donation and your audience starts to get uncomfortable. What if you have a cool role-playing podcast and need incidental music to enhance the mood?

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136 - Clutter

Clutter is fine when you are using it all. A messy desk means you are there often and using things. But what about those boxes of old magazines for that collage you are going to make one day or that carton of video tapes for the family film you are going to produce. Not only are they taking up your physical space they are also taking up your mental space.

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132 - Breathing In. Breathing Out.

I heard a quote earlier this week and I can’t find it anywhere online so I don’t know who said it or in what context but I’m gonna talk about it anyway because it got me thinking.

The quote was something along the lines of you can’t both breath in or out. Basically meaning you can’t do only one. You can’t only breath in. Your lungs can only hold so much. The oxygen is all absorbed and gets stale. Your lungs ache and eventually you breath out

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130 - The expectation of our talents.

I don’t think we can know where our best talents lie. I’m only just starting to get my head around this so bear with me things may change over time. 

This whole theory relates to how we perceive our talents and how others perceive them. What got me to thinking about it is my 8yo daughter was mentioning that she wasn’t good at math. She says it makes her head hurt sometimes to think about it. But when we talked to her teacher she said it was one of my daughter's strong subjects.

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128 - Practice makes progress

 I prefer to think that Practice Make Progress. Practice doesn’t make perfect unless you practice perfectly and that doesn’t sit well with me. Practice makes permanent but that sounds so final like you’ll get to a certain point and be that way forever. Like a tattoo. But that’s not the way it works. You just keep getting better if you just keep practicing and finding your things to improve on. 

 

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124 - Responding to culture. Responding to life.

Any art has the illusion of driving culture but really it is just crystallizing what is happening. It translates culture from ephemeral to solid. From feelings to words. From the observable to the understandable. The elusive to the tangible.

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120 - Thankful for your talent

Canadian Thanksgiving isn’t much different than what I can gather an American Thanksgiving is like. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie. Personally I don’t like pumpkin pie. I really like berry pies blueberry is by far my favourite.

There’s no real story to thanks giving. No pilgrims coming to Plymouth Rock or anything like that. As far as I could ever tell it was just a to be thankful.

What the hell kind of summary is this Tucker?!

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118 - Be bold. Get old. Be a badass.

TheSparkAndTheArt.com/118 – this week my review of Camp Festival of 2016. The Camp Festival is a two day conference with a bunch of speakers from all different disciplines who work at a very high level in the industry. These are designers who have worked on movies like the Iron Man trilogy or have worked at Google and Microsoft or have The New Yorker magazine, Nike and Sports Illustrated as clients. 

 

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114 - No one will care about you until they know about you.

This week is a dream I had about 8 years ago. 

I'm fairly certain that it was in The War Of Art where author Steven Pressfield said that dreams, especially those that you wake from with vivid clarity, are there for you to learn from. They are your subconscious share sharing wisdom with you. They are they are meant to be held within you so you can internalize and act on the message. So, you aren't meant to share dreams with others until the meaning has been accepted by yourself - or something like that. I can't find the part of the book where he talks about it. So maybe it's a different book.

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