It is my intention to share content here that will help open the doors of perception to viable ways of accessing practices of “conscious creation” - a place that we can all create from. During this work you will be expanding, informing and growing in untold ways. When working in harmony with the natural worlds we are setting ourselves up for unlimited success, boundless creative energy - and in doing so, will be more creative with our creativity.
When I began with this approach to my creative process as an actor, writer and director I would say, “Process Over Results.” After staying with this work, through many phases of challenging development, I now can say, from direct experience, “Process Brings Results.”
I hope you feel at home here - come back often - as there will be freshly harvested ideas and inspiration posted here. All organic. All the time. All for you.
Living in the land of AND
and enjoying the County of Bounty
I have been working in the world of entertainment most of my adult life.
I have trained and worked with some of the most respected practitioners in the western world. My path was inspired by luminaries like: Peter Brook, Jerzy Growtoski, Michael Chekhov. I was blessed to work directly with George Shadndoff, Ron Sossi, Scott Kelman, Yoshi Oida, Ryszard Cieslak, Osentinsky, John Sarno, Miton Katselas and Jeffrey Tambor to name a few.
During that time I landed a few gigs on some of the more popular TV shows, music videos and a handful of commercials. All this while still acting in productions in intimate theaters in and around Hollywood.
While I was developing my craft for the film industry, I took a turn and went deep into esoteric studies, finding my way into exploring the art of storytelling that is based in ritual. This work ultimately led me into the worlds of The Shaman, The Yogi, The Alchemist and The Phenomenologist. Here I developed my lifelong love affair with breathing (yogic pranayama) while studying Kundalini Yoga with Yogi Bhajan, and practicing from the works of Swami Rama, Peter Brook, Osho, Gurdjieff and more.
Drawing from all of my trainings and life experiences – I saw common threads, patterns that emerged from all these art forms as well as my esoteric studies. No matter the form or the expression or what name we gave the art - what was consistent was that there was an underlying natural sequence of development that seemed to me at the time, elusive. This thing that I now call A Nature-Based Approach to The Creative Process.
I did my best to distill and instill this newfound approach to the creative process into my work as an actor, writer and director. With a few feature film scripts and a couple of plays and short films under my belt, I went on to work on a handful of one-person shows as a story coach and director.
I traveled with my burgeoning craft under my belt, sharing my newly minted, A Nature-Based Approach to The Creative Process (NBA to TCP) at retreat centers up and down the west coast as well as retreat centers in Hawaii. I found that this work deeply resonated with me and the creatives that I was working with and our work was the proof.
So, no matter what medium you wish to apply yourself to as you are working with the creative process, there is always, the creative process. From the conjuring of the source material, to creating the first rendering, to writing and re-writing or improvisations to re-hearsal, to re-finement, to editing and re–editing, to the act of sharing or performing, there are certain elements that are a constant. I work with those elements. These elements are at the foundation of the artist’s work and will always be in service to the artist when called upon.
This type of approach will always serve the artist / cultural creative / creator. This Nature-Based Approach to The Creative Process will help anyone who wishes to lead a more creative and fulfilling life. It is a full circle, just like all of life. And so we continually go back to working with the natural world and playing at the source.
This work is ultimately a form of Alchemy. Taking the base material (your project) and refining it and purifying it and working it over and over. This is a constant processing until the original material has released all that is not essential to the project. We are left with pure gold that is now pliable and ready to be molded into its final shape.
This process also parallels the process that we as creatives go through for ourselves. We take our selves into the crucible of time and space to define and refine and then again re-define ourselves so that there is a seamless union between our art and our-selves. We work on our art and our art works on us in a constant stream of merging.
So by the end of it all, both the art and the artist and the ones who witness, will all have a transformational experience. That is my ideal and one worth pursuing. Every day.
Living in the land of AND.
Enjoying the County of Bounty.