How and why did you begin to be creative?
It's always been latent. Creativity and originality are the 'brute' price for my existential self.
Your mind is your work tool. How do you take care of it?
A life full of intrinsic passion and intense solitude---no way of formally taking care of it. Rare moments of silence are sometimes enough, following a period of lethargy.
How do you avoid repeating yourself, or falling into formula? How do you stay fresh?
Intrinsic uniqueness simply does not allow that to happen---what a shame. Restlessness. The inconsistent flow of life---life's own internal consistency. A Singular Self is capable of encompassing both consistencies and inconsistencies.
Do you have a ritual like retiring to a lonely place from time to time to cleanse your mind?
No, not a planned ritual, but I respond very spontaneously to whatever breeze falls on my face at any moment---still usually I am capable of singular, continuous concentration, without distraction, when at work.
What cultural sources do you draw from the most?
Primarily none. The only sphere is the Unique Self with the phenomenal Universe as a mirror for countless forms of thought and imagination.
Who have your teachers been?
None but That.
When you accept a job, how much value do you place on each of the following? Money, creative liberty, visibility, and to work with the best.
Creative liberty---and hopefully no burden of mediocrity around me. Money, visibility, and all that is expected to simply arise from your genuine compassion in response to my creative solitude.
Have you ever had a job that was so stimulating that you could not get your mind off of it?
No, if it's a formal job in the society. I am a volunteer at large in such a setting.
"To give birth to ideas." Is this only an expression, or are there really parallels between giving birth and creativity?
That is the crux of a deeply reflective life, filled with original passion, spontaneity, creativity---encompassing epistemic solitude and all the splendor of being intensely obsessed with substantial uniqueness. In Genius, these things are simply there as facets, winged and lonely in their entirety.
Does spirituality contribute to your creativity?
Genuine Spirituality, whose objective is to directly, solitarily experience the Real by the Real Itself, is inevitable in my case---not mediocre spirituality in its many, uncountable forms. Extensively, I accept both sorrow and joy experienced at this level of depth as spiritual. Often, my joy is sorrowful and my sorrow is joyful.
It is possible to fall in love with a bad idea simply because it is yours. How do you avoid this?
No, it almost never happens to me. I simply prefer to be devoid of original ideas for so long and feel like a dead person---while laughing innocently at this world of people's trivia and utter garbage, before releasing one of real magnitude, primarily for all the life within myself---not for others.
Must someone be the leader or boss in order for a creative team to function well?
I wouldn't expect to be part of a team that's too large. No boss required for a team of two or three souls I can genuinely, spontaneously, coordinatively connect with.
Declaration: With what person or business would you like to work?
First of all, a soulmate. If he/she doesn't exist, then I still am never lost in aloneness. I dislike 'merchants' of loud mediocrity who pretend to understand the soul that I am.
What criteria do you use when selecting someone to be a part of your creative team?
A soulmate, or at least someone with genuine sympathy and compassionate presence.
The armchair psychologist: Is creativity an act of rebellion for you?
Seen from their limited behavioral, academic perspective, yes. But in itself, it is all that LIFE is for me, with or without the presence of people or society. Nakedness.
What is the best advertisement you've seen recently?
Almost none. But I love it when it involves endangered animals.
Do you work well under pressure?
No, unless it is a self-induced pressure related to an existential need (creative manifestation for myself). I don't flourish at all under mere external pressure.
What city in the world currently attracts you due to its creative environment?
I haven't seen much of this world in terms of 'big, creative cities'. But I'd like to live, creatively, in solitary places in Canada, USA, North Europe, and Japan.
How is an idea sold?
It's not my business, far removed from my isolated, yet exalted, dignity. It encompasses not my private sphere of creative solitude.
What do you feel when, after two or three years, you see an idea of yours again?
If it's an original idea---it has to be---it may give me the feeling of a lonely grin---a nostalgic moment with my own child, a child of my life's seasons.
Ideas can come simultaneously to different people in different places with no connection to one another. How do you explain this phenomenon?
There are only few people befriending life's solitude, with intrinsic creativity. Such individuals, unoffended by the lonely intricacies of giftedness, are defined by the act of original, spontaneous creation---and Nature, or the conscious Universe, simply, in her rare depths, provides the inspiration in an infinitely extensive way. A soul like that is Beauty gazing at herself in the mirror called the cosmos, transcending surface moments. That mirror is capable of displaying infinite surreal, awe-inspiring reflections in the artist's transfinite, subjective self.
You are as good as your last idea. Wouldn't you like to have a more secure type of work?
Original Creation always comes first. My life isn't defined by quantity but quality. If I had to live only a day on Earth, a creative, original, spontaneous one, I wouldn't mind, like a short-lived butterfly, with its weightless existence and beauty. For such a person, his/her first idea can simply be his/her last child. One work of original, unparalleled depth is enough---not a multiplicity of mediocre, repetitive, predictable works.