ian stone [iandstone]
How and why did you begin to be creative?
I work in the comedy industry so i guess the first time i started making jokes and realising that people found it funny. That would have been at school. Then as an adult, I did a creative writing course and i used to write pieces that the other class members found funny. i sort of took it from there
Your mind is your work tool. How do you take care of it?
I think i take care of my mind by trying to use it as much as possible
How do you avoid repeating yourself, or falling into formula? How do you stay fresh?
for a comedian, it's all about new material. the more you write, the less you feel stale
Do you have a ritual like retiring to a lonely place from time to time to cleanse your mind?
no. i'm not keen on lonely places
Who have your teachers been?
This sounds a bit cheesy but I've learnt from anyone i've met who's curious about life
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.
I try to only do gigs that i want to do because they'll be fun but sometimes, i will do gigs purely for the money. Regarding working with the best, i do that any time i get the chance
Have you ever had a job that was so stimulating that you could not get your mind off of it?
sometimes after really good gigs, i have trouble sleeping for a few hours but i'm much better at calming myself down nowadays
"To give birth to ideas." Is this only an expression, or are there really parallels between giving birth and creativity?
I've never given birth so i have no idea what that's like but there are moments on stage when you say something funny and spontaneous and it's a nice feeling. And i would imagine a lot less painful than childbirth
Does spirituality contribute to your creativity?
not really. it's more about irritation
Do you work well under pressure?
I'm a professional comedian. So i guess the answer is yes
What city in the world currently attracts you due to its creative environment?
Born in London. Live in London. Will probably die in London
How is an idea sold?
For comedian, it's all about passion, commitment and timing
What do you feel when, after two or three years, you see an idea of yours again?
I forget jokes from time to time and when people ask me to do a routine i've forgotten and they tell me what it is, i quite enjoy hearing it again
You are as good as your last idea. Wouldn't you like to have a more secure type of work?
No. I've tried that and i prefer what i'm doing now
Did God create the world in seven days, or do you believe in the theory of evolution?
Seriously? Evolution. I see no evidence of the existence of God
Do you believe many illnesses can be caused by the mind?
I honestly have no idea.