Kevin D. Cordi [kevincordi]
How and why did you begin to be creative?
The art teacher sent a letter to my parents stated that at 2nd grade he knew I should go to college and study art. He stated he hardly ever writes these letters but I was exceptional as an artist. However further letters did not come.
I began to read comic books and were told to put them away. I loved to play. I was creative when I could play.
This is my 25th year as a professional storyteller and I play everyday in my work. In fact I provide workshops to youth and adults called "Permission 2 Play. wwww.permission2play.com
With each new day, I give myself permision to play.
Your mind is your work tool. How do you take care of it?
I breathe. I watch my breathing. I follow my breathe and the respite to help direct me. People think this is being idle, but this is probably one of the more active time of our lives. When we stop, we can move.
This is a moving time of our lives.
I also learn to listen actively to the world. This includes the shadows.
We need to hear the spaces but we rush in life. We need to make time for the visible and invisible narratives of our life.
How do you avoid repeating yourself, or falling into formula? How do you stay fresh?
This question assumes that repeating the experience is not valuable. Each experience is new regarrdless if it was tried before. I remember this. I also vary the way I respond if I am duplicating the work.
Do you have a ritual like retiring to a lonely place from time to time to cleanse your mind?
I make time to reflect. After returning from Japan, I follow a philsophy of "no time for a hurry." Our brain does not need to be in a hurry, we need to slow it down to reflect. Even if our clock insists on rushing us, we need to consciously take the time to slow it down despite the sense of urgency that the world places on us or we place on ourselves.
Reflection is an active process that we must make time for and creating and telling stories is another way to reflect and respond to the world. Find out more at www.kevincordi.com
Kevin D. Cordi