Mr Gee [mrgeepoet]
How and why did you begin to be creative?
I started writing & performing little lyrics, my friends liked them & I never looked back.
Your mind is your work tool. How do you take care of it?
Take some time out of your day to just think things through. Some call it meditation, others call it "me time". But we all need to pause for thought sometimes.
How do you avoid repeating yourself, or falling into formula? How do you stay fresh?
Very difficult. Once you start writing a lot, you develop a writing style which then fits like a comfortable pair of shoes. The only way to stay fresh would be to walk a different way home every now & then.
Do you have a ritual like retiring to a lonely place from time to time to cleanse your mind?
3am in the morning + insomnia = Mr Gee poems
What cultural sources do you draw from the most?
Anything that sounds cool to me: old poetry books, films, comic books, 90's Hip Hop, the dictionary.
Who have your teachers been?
Everybody & everything. I try to look at life as being one huge lesson. Inspiration has no singular source but it flows deep.
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.
If I wanted to chase money then I'd do a different job. I'm more interested in being able to express myself & work with creative people. Visibility isn't really that important either, some people will never be able to really "see" me.
Have you ever had a job that was so stimulating that you could not get your mind off of it?
Yes, i'm currently working on a Radio 4 series called "Poetic Justice" where I'm going into prisons & recording the inmates thoughts & opinions. it's fascinating.
"To give birth to ideas." Is this only an expression, or are there really parallels between giving birth and creativity?
Creativity is forming something from nothing. It's a truly magical process: it's that right joke in a good conversation, it's humming the first few bars of a future hit song, it's saying the right words to make someone special smile. But it can't compare to creating life.
Does spirituality contribute to your creativity?
No, sometimes creativity can manifest itself in a very non-spiritual way. Not everything has to be about the oneness of the universe. Sometimes, you just wanna write some stupid isht!
It is possible to fall in love with a bad idea simply because it is yours. How do you avoid this?
That's where its good to have friends that aren't in the creative industry who will flat out tell you that something is crap. It can hurt, but it's necessary for growth.
Must someone be the leader or boss in order for a creative team to function well?
Every team needs an effective leader. What makes a leader effective is their ability to let each member of the team to exhibit their skills to move the group forwards. Some of the best leaders just offer quiet guidance as opposed to barking orders.
Declaration: With what person or business would you like to work?
I'd like to work more in films & shoot a spaghetti western in cornwall.
What criteria do you use when selecting someone to be a part of your creative team?
The armchair psychologist: Is creativity an act of rebellion for you?
Not really. I still work to deadlines, I still have appointments/meetings/shows that dictate my schedule. An act of rebellion would be to stick two fingers to the world & disappear from twitter :)
What is the best advertisement you've seen recently?
There was one about a kid having a bad day (can't remember any more than that)
Do you work well under pressure?
Yeah, For 2 years I used to write poems for a live radio show in under 10 mins. Once you get used to that type of pressure, everything else seems slow moving.
What city in the world currently attracts you due to its creative environment?
Rio de janeiro
How is an idea sold?
You put lipstick on it & make it wear a short dress. Then you wait for the phone to ring.
What do you feel when, after two or three years, you see an idea of yours again?
Personally, I don't care. Once I've written something, I tend to move onto something else pretty quickly. I'm impatient like that.
Ideas can come simultaneously to different people in different places with no connection to one another. How do you explain this phenomenon?
There's nothing new under the sun. We merely tap into ideas that are already there. The cure for cancer is already there, we just haven't tapped into it yet. So a having a new idea is like discovering the sky. Whoever looks up will see it.
You are as good as your last idea. Wouldn't you like to have a more secure type of work?
Security is a state of mind. Once you decide that you're going to make a living being an artist, opportunities tend to present themselves to you. So as long as you never lose faith in your "Next Idea", you'll be ok.