Posted by Anna B Sexton on July 14, 2015
Posted by Anna B Sexton on June 9, 2015
How can you be authentic and creative when you network?
Over the years networking has for me been the polar of extremes from superbly pleasurable and profitable through to boring and not one person whom I gave a card to getting back to my follow up emails/tweets etc! Hence I co-created Authentic Creative Networking – first with Alison Seddon and now with Martin Copland-Gray
So what’s the point in networking and how can you be your bright, creative and authentic self?
Eight Top tips for authentic creative networking
Over time ‘networking’ does get easier, and some days it doesn’t. It’s okay to feel nervous, feel a little shy… chances are each person in the room will be somewhere on the spectrum of all the feelings we humans can experience.
You are not alone…
Posted by Anna B Sexton on April 16, 2015
Imagine the very thing you live to create being the thing that one day would lead to your death?
And a death with a violent end, via an unknown to you gunmen; aggrieved at your creative interpretation of ‘their’ religion…
Events of this week have led me to ponder more than usual what is it that drives some to create with the pen, the brush…
Some with the gun?
I’m under no illusion that the events in France are created acts… acts stemming from thinking overtime that leads to actions, and in this case more thinking, planning and putting into action. Actions that within the minds of the, now, killers were ‘justifiable’.
So what am I thinking about… where we create ‘others‘ as different than us.
Where we draw conclusions about how ‘we‘ (which is really an ‘I think’ hidden in the group think, in disguise) think/be/do better, differently opposed to what ‘they‘ think/be/do less than…(here its either a ‘you’ in disguise or the nebulous ‘they’ – a generalised and separated ‘other‘).
So how is this creative? Our creative thinking leads us to picture the world, hang a frame on what we see.
This in turn creates actions, drawing to conclusions, inventing scenarios, living out dramas where we are the author of our own plays, mini series… and eventually full blown wars.
What also comes to mind is how a piece created for a daily paper; a cartoon drawn to highlight a joke about another’s religion can seem so far away from those who believe. Especially if its not what I choose to believe…
It strikes me in the supposed PC world we live in, or at least we ‘think’ we do we are both striving for and missing the mark…
Yet we are free to believe, creatively think, speak and act …
Freedom of speech is a human right worth dying for… then when some of ‘us’ act in ways outside of what ‘we‘ deem appropriate (I’m in no way condoning murder and terrorism in any form) we are up in arms.
And this is the dichotomy, the mystery, the gifts of Life I continue to ponder on, seek the truths within and to create from that space…
Lyrics to Proper Propaganda – Dilated Peoples
With press passes, we bring it to you as it happens
The streets love my crew for music and rappin’
Street commander slash beat expander
Here to fight the slander with the proper propaganda
What’s happenin’? You got a question then ask it
The news is just a TV show, get past it
And this, from a quiet wartime journalist
Headlines, wake up, refuse and resist
Like this, like this, like thi-thi-this, y’all
We kick finance, action and scores of sports
Politics, new fashion and war reports
Entertainment, when we come to perform, watch
And the illest weatherman in the biz, I’m storm watch
Triclops Media, record, tape and TV
Net radio, CD or DVD, iriscience
Write rhymes on paper time
This is why Baboo is scratching and keeping time
I make the people listen boogy down and move
I make the people listen boogy down and move, yeah
I make the people listen boogy down and move
Glory, the pen is mighter than the sword
‘Cause the pen gives the word sending swords to war
They twisted it when they quoted Mao Tse-tung
They said political power comes from the barrel of a gun
The officer meets his fate, by .44, .38
It was a dirty deed but that don’t mean a dirty case
Witnesses against the state are shushed
Facts overlooked so the judge can throw the book
Perhaps for politicians with something to prove
In the city where they blew the roof off and move
Yo, questions when answered leads to more questions
Why’d it take months to remember a confession?
The principles are the same even without the name
But I still say, “M U M I A”
I have to fight, it could easily be me
But just being the thinker than speakin’ it freely
Although I use my brain before using a fist
Don’t push it, wake up, refuse and resist
Posted by Anna B Sexton on January 10, 2015
Had to have a play… #2014 #flipagramrecap #flipagram made with @flipagram . http://flipagram.com/f/OW39J46yyJ
And I hope you like the result…
What would your mini film of your year in 2014 include?
Posted by Anna B Sexton on January 1, 2015
Feedback used to scare the bejesus out of me… I read it all like criticism, new ways to add to my own internal mindtalk trains of very unhelpful and self critical chatter.
Now I welcome feedback as a tool for change, growth and love to learn (on the whole) what I can use to improve myself and what I love to be and do in the world.
So if you feel called to share your thoughts about any experiences you have had of working directly with me or if you have stumbled across me via Google, a random repost or share… then check out the links below;
For those who have worked directly with me via coaching sessions, workshops or event
For those of you who have found me more indirectly
For both there is an opt in at the end for our prize draws for winning one of 2 lots of £40 vouchers for Cass Arts!
Deadline 5th September 2014
Big Thank Yous in advance…
Open To Create… really would be just another idea if not for so many folk buying into what I am about…
Posted by Anna B Sexton on August 6, 2014