surround yourself with creative people

1. People leave. All of them. Even if you think they’ll stick with you forever, they won’t. I won’t be pathetic and say things like they’ll rip your lungs and leave you breathless on bathroom floor. Some of them will, some will quietly disappear and you won’t even notice. But there is ONE person that’ll be there always, only one and that’s you. So try to make yourself happy.
2. Work on making experiences and memories instead on focusing on things. They will last more than that brand new iPhone.
3. Some things are fucking scary and you’ll be scared shitless but sometimes you just have to do it. Don’t think, just do it.
4. I’ve already mentioned people will leave, but when they’re here, love them with all your heart. Love them like you’ve never been hurt and be nice to them and make them feel good. Do it for yourself. But remember to put yourself first and if they make you feel like shit, leave.
5. Find people that inspire you and make you feel loved and like you can conquer the world. Surround yourself with creative, smart, caring, funny and good people. You deserve that.
6. You have to learn to accept yourself. I know it’s hard and that you’d rather be someone else. Someone prettier. smarter, more popular, richer, skinnier, better. But you can only be you. Good news; you can be prettier, smarter, more popular, richer, skinnier, better you if you work hard on yourself and never give up. And accept yourself as a bunch of flaws and learn to love yourself for it. Get to know yourself better. ‘If a lion knows his strength, no man can control him’.
7. It took me long to realize this but everyone, literally everyone has some problems, some things they hate about themselves, something or someone they can’t get over. You’re not the only one.
8. Every day go on an adventure. It doesn’t matter if you skip a class, sneak in the random building nearby, try to hold in laughing so people who live there won’t hear you and hang out on the roof or take a night ride in car of your friend who just passed a driving test. Break a routine. Live.
9. You can’t help people if they don’t want someone to help them. It will hurt to see someone you love suffering and knowing you aren’t able to help. It will hurt like hell, but you can’t do anything.
10. Laugh. Laugh until your stomach hurts and you cry and you pee in your pants a little and look like a mess. But who cares? It’s the best feeling ever.
11. You’ll have to decide what are you going to do with your life and choose college and job. Choose to do what you love, because that’s the only way you’ll be good at it. Remember you are choosing will you, 10 years from now, get up on a Monday morning feeling like you’re going to hell or looking forward to begin with your day.
12. You can do literally everything. You can become President, lose weight, get your life together or do whatever the fuck you want to do (not neccesserly in that order). All you need to do is to stop yourself from stopping yourself (if you get what i’m saying), and have some motivation and dedication. When you wake up say to yourself I OWN THIS.
13. Every day write down what have made you happy that day, or what are you grateful for. At first it may be hard, but just keep doing it.
14. Surround yourself with art. Go to museums, galleries, concerts, look up when you’re walking down the street to see architecture. Draw, write, sing, play any instrument. Beautiful thing about art is that it has infinite ways to be understood.
15. Read good books, classics. They may not seem interesting at first, but i promise you’ll learn a lot. I have nothing against John Green, but fault is not in our stars. Fault is in ourselves, and we create our own destiny
16. Take photos of everything. Few years later you’ll be glad you did.
17. Love yourself unconditionally. Do things that make you happy or are good for you. Never let other people define your worth. Live up to YOUR expectations and opinions, not others. The most valuable thing i realized this year is that i’m worth it. I deserve the best. No one has to save me, i love myself enough to be my own savior. I’m unstoppable and beautiful. And no one can make me feel anything less.
—  17 things i learned while being 17
How to Develop the Functions

Here are some tips to strengthening each of the eight functions. I would suggest strengthening the weaker functions in your stack primarily, and put less focus in on your shadow functions. If you are in a loop, this can be used to develop your auxiliary function. You can also use it to generally develop your tertiary and especially inferior functions if these are weak. Having a developed inferior function can also help prevent you from falling into “the grip”, so it’s good to try to have a good control over all of your functions. 

Extroverted Feeling (Fe): Find a close friend and share how you’re feeling with them. Journal about your feelings and read them over to yourself or someone else. Talk to a therapist if these outlets aren’t enough for you. Reach out a hand to help others out: volunteer, give someone advice, listen to someone talk about their problems. Find groups of people or situations where you can put yourself in the shoes of others so you can develop your empathy skills. Find situations where you are around those you care about. Ask others their opinions on decisions that affect others, and take time before you take action to consider how it will affect the people around you. Ask for affirmation from those closest to you, and remind yourself to give it to others as well. Examine the facial expressions and manners of speaking of those around you and try mimicking them.

Introverted Feeling (Fi): Study an area of morality and ethics that interests you, and consider what your viewpoints on the situation are. Consider why humans as a whole or other people in your life do the things that they do, and how morality as a concept even exists. Consider social justice arguments and find one that you have a strong opinion on. Take time to step back and consider how you are feeling, what values you are exerting, what your likes and dislikes are in a certain situation. Consider yourself as an independent, unique individual with a set of morality outside of society. Journal about your feelings. Think about what is important to you in your life and what motivates you personally.

Extroverted Thinking (Te): Try to develop your ability to be assertive: ask for that raise, propose something ambitious, etc. Formulate your ideas into a concrete plan and share them with someone around you. Use data and facts to back up your assertions. Plan an event or other project and focus on the whole over the details. Remember that external organization and structure is necessary in a society, and try to incorporate your skills and plans into one around you. Develop your aura of confidence and consider how others view you in a professional light. Take charge of a project and lead with self-assurance.

Introverted Thinking (Ti): Find some word game, puzzle, riddle, etc. that challenges your intellect and causes you to think. Find something that interests you and research it until you fully understand its intricate details. Have an intellectual debate or discussion. Apply yourself to some hobby or area of study and try to develop your internal sense of discipline and focus. Look at projects and consider the weak points and areas of improvement. Take time to draw back and consider things in an objective light, understanding the situation instead of becoming emotionally influenced. Develop your sense of independence, and work on projects that allow you to use your personal skills and get a sense of personal achievement.  

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Play games or engage in activities that encourage divergent thinking and creativity. Think about some event (general or specific) coming up in the future and imagine all the great things that could happen during it. Surround yourself with people and pieces of art/literature/movies that are creative and exciting. Look at the future as a place of exciting opportunities, not of possible anxieties. Make a bucket list of things you could do in your life that excite you: the crazier, the better. Think about the things that you would want to change in your life. Brainstorm all the possible ways you could do it. Go on a spontaneous adventure with your friends.

Introverted Intuition (Ni): Watch a stranger out in public and try to paint a picture of what type of person they are from the way that they look. Reflect on the underlying themes or symbolism of a book or movie. Look at the overt facts of a situation or how someone is acting and piece them together to try to understand what is actually going on underneath the surface: how they are actually feeling, etc. Take individual pieces of information and concisely bring them together to form one general idea. Project yourself or a situation into the future and try to understand what will most likely come to be. Reflect on why things are the way that they are, even seemingly straightforward things. Follow your gut belief in a situation.

Extroverted Sensing (Se): Find a hobby such as a sport, artistic endeavor, craft, etc. Work with your hands on a project and try to physically understand how something works. Take a walk somewhere in nature or go to a museum and focus on the specific details of the beauty around you. Listen to music and try to pay attention to the individual sounds. Remember to live in the moment and experience life as it is happening around you. Do something spontaneous and crazy with your friends. Take a step back and remember to take things for as they are, and not to overanalyze anything. Think about the things that you want to or need to do this moment and go do some of them.

Introverted Sensing (Si): Take out old photos and try to place yourself in the emotions and experience of when you were there. Go visit a place of old memories or watch a movie you loved as a child. Re-start up an old family tradition. Create some sort of routine in your life to give you a bit of reassurance and organization. Appreciate the simple things in life and seek the unassuming nature of contentment. Reflect on the lessons you have learned in a situation once it has passed. Realize that not all mistakes need to be made, and that sometimes it is better to stick with what is safe.

anonymous asked:

I want to start writing but I have no idea what to write about ? What should I do ?

I’m kinda a new film maker okay ? And I need to start writing short stories or scripts for films I wanna shoot ? But it’s been like a month and I got no ideas what to write about to shoot or any shit, what should I do ? I need to come up with ideas for short stories to film .. or ideas in general to write and shoot, or just write doesn’t matta.

I’m going to assume that these are from the same person, although I don’t really know for sure. Either way, my answers are the same. If ideas don’t just come to you (which more often than not, they won’t), then you have to go out of your way to make them. There are a few different ways to create an idea:

1) Look for inspiration. In your day to day life, there can be plenty of things that take for inspiration. Take a walk, listen into people’s conversations, look at nature and try to develop something out of nothing. (I often do this for plenty of my prompts. I take a look around and see what I can make based off of something as simple as a concept or an object laying around my room.) Sometimes you just have to sit down a make yourself think about it your work and develop an idea.

2) Consume creative media. I personally find that I’m more creative if I read/watch/listen to something that I love. (Especially something new) If you surround yourself with creative media and people, you’re more likely to have a more creative mindset. You can use other people’s work as inspiration yourself, so long as you don’t plagiarize their concept!

3) Use a prompt. That is what they’re here for, after all. Ideally, a prompt will either encourage you to write a story that includes its topic or inspire you to create something similar of your own. I don’t know about other blogs, but you’re free to use any of mine for any purpose whatsoever!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANIELLE!

Danielle Nicole Panabaker // September 19 // 1987

My biggest piece of advice for an aspiring actor is to push yourself and to continue to study your craft. When I started acting, my sister and I were going to school during the day, auditioning in the afternoon, and taking acting classes almost every night. […]

Know that you won’t always get the jobs you want, but it’s important to continue to grow as an artist. You should also surround yourself with other ambitious and creative people.[…]

Often times, young actors or their parents will ask me for advice because I started when I was still a teenager. In addition to studying your craft, I think it’s also important to keep kids in school and around kids their own age. Education is something that will last much longer than a job, and I personally believe that the more experience you have to draw on as a person, the more you can bring toyour characters.

anonymous asked:

What are the best ways to raise your vibrations?

Hi there :)

Thank you for your question ;)

When it comes to raising your vibration the best ways are the ways that resonate with you, but the general guidelines are:

Exercise

Healthy foods

Surround yourself with people, places & things you love

Creativity

Mindfulness

Meditation 

Gratitude

These are the basics of raising your frequency, I’ll go more in-depth in next week’s Thursday post :)

Keep shining <3

Ava DuVernay and “No Permission” Filmmaking

Selma director Ava DuVernay’s “Don’t Ask for Permission” philosophy to making films is well-embodied in her creative output. One may find the inspiration needed for starting an artistic career or fueling it through DuVernay’s own story which establishes that a rebellious attitude can still lead to beautiful aesthetics and emotionally captivating stories that engage viewers to the deep realities that surround us. As a creative, she inspires us to march towards the career paths we seek, and as a filmmaker, she inspires us to push filmmaking towards that golden revelation of art: it ought to shed light on our human experiences and reveal, in its reflection of ourselves, truths. Tribeca presents an essential one-hour interview with film director Ava DuVernay by hip-hop pioneer Q-Tip, in which the director motivates us to pursue our artistic destinies because, truth be told, if you are a true artist, an artistic existence is inevitable.

On Hollywood’s Gender Bias and Not Waiting for Permission

Among the filmmaking gems Ava DuVernay offers to filmmakers and artists, a vital one is her insistence on not waiting or asking for permission in order to pursue your creative endeavors. There is nothing to ask permission for, don’t ask for permission. Half of us are waiting for permission; someone to say okay, someone to say do it, someone to say that is a good idea, someone to give you the money, someone to give you the resources. That’s all working from a permission-based way. When I just decided I’m just going to work with what I’ve got and give myself the permission, then it really started…Once I started, I never stopped, but the starting was the hard part–just beginning with what you have…That’s the biggest tip: is to start. It may not be the dream project, it may not be perfect. Begin. Whatever it is. If it’s the writing, if it’s the acting, if it’s the directing, producing, whatever it is that you wan to do, just get started. To wait for the perfect conditions in order to work as an artist entails waiting a long time only because “the right time” truly never exists. Whether factors outside of our control or internal ones that challenge our sense of self, there can always be something that convinces us to wait just a little longer. To be an artist means to make art, and so it is necessary to see “the right time” as simply being the moment you choose to take action.

Even a baby step towards your creative career is a step in the right direction. What is important is to keep on the path despite obstacles, to continue taking steps in order for your work to evolve as well as your artistic personality because once your artistic personality begins to shine a brand is projected, and, hopefully, it attracts business which in turn transforms you into a professional. Again, for this to become a reality, action must be taken and maintained and continued. As DuVernay suggests, My motto is “Stay Shooting, #StayShooting.” If I could tattoo it, I would, but my mom said no more tattoos. I’m always shooting. There’s not been, since I started shooting, any period of inactivity in general–there might be gap in films–but I’m doing TV or I’m doing a doc, or I’m doing a commercial, or I’m doing a video. Constantly shooting is what the goal is. I started as a publicist in the industry, so I was a publicist for a lot of filmmakers, and I would see the struggle, especially for black filmmakers or people of color in general, and definitely women and definitely women of color, this period of inactivity, or this moment of trying to figure out once you did it, how you do it again within the construct of the industry. And so for me, I made my first feature film when I was 38, so it’s never too late. I just started from the outside. I never started to work within the industry, within the architecture of the industry as we know it, so I didn’t come up to a lot of resistance because I found my people and I started making films in my own space, in my own way. Now eventually those start to intersect with the industry.

On Black Complexities in Music and Film

Sooner or later, the progression of yourself as an artist reveals a unique voice to the audience. Through three films–Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen established a poetic handling of socially impacting film stories. The same goes for Ava DuVernay. Like McQueen and DuVernay, the great filmmakers reflect their own artistic personalities onto the screen. They pursue projects that not only challenge them but that speak to them, as if showing that they have a duty to express their inner worlds, to put on the screen the films they want to see. DuVernay explains, What my mission is in all of my work, truly, is to magnify the magnificence of Black people, which is basically a longer way to say that Black Lives Matter…If we don’t do it, who’s going to do it? If the woman filmmaker doesn’t take special care of the women characters, who does it because it’s not going to be the man? If the Black filmmaker doesn’t take special care of it, who’s going to do it? It’s not going to be the filmmaker who doesn’t know it. There are some instances where special things shine through, but, overall, I feel that it’s no one else’s responsibility to make the things that I want to see. It’s my responsibility, and if I want to see them, then I need to make them, if I’m able, and I am, so I do. As a filmmaker, it is a tremendous decision to take on a project since filmmaking is a time-consuming art form. For DuVernay, it is essential to be in a happy marriage with your vision.

The question for the artist will always be “Is it worth it?” In pursuing a career as an artist, it is necessary to distinguish between projects that are made for you and that are not made for you. DuVernay sheds light on this so well: Something about the energy with which a film is made is felt by the audience. You can tell what is made with joy, passion, with the spirit. Why is joy, passion, and filmmaking with the spirit so important? Because the filmmaker is not just directing a film but also directing the experience of making a film.

On Spike Lee and Being Pigeonholed by Hollywood Post-Selma

More filmmaking gems abound Tribeca’s presentation with Ava DuVernay. From surrounding yourself with creative energy and people, to accepting your writing process even if that means embracing procrastination, or learning how to avoid being pigeonholed as a filmmaker and taking on projects that reflect your interests and passions, DuVernay will inspire every filmmaker and artist viewing this one-hour interview. Enjoy!

Drawing Den’s Top Ways to Stay Creative 

Thanks to followers who left suggestions!

  1. Carry a notebook everywhere and jot down ideas as they come, even if it’s just a word or feeling.
  2. Surround your workspace with things that inspire you, especially your favorite artists work.
  3. Get out of the house and look for new things, the same four walls can only inspire you so much.
  4. Try new music and read good books when traveling and let your mind roam.
  5. Set goals and challenge yourself with checklists of what you want to improve, you can also try challenges set by online communities.
  6. Look after yourself and make sure you get plenty of rest, your brain needs energy to work!
  7. Surround yourself with creative people and get feedback on your work.
  8. Keep your sketchbook on you at all times and spend any free time sketching out ideas and observations.
  9. Make a scrapbook or blog for stashing things that you find interesting to look through for ideas later.
  10. Try new things and don’t be afraid to make mistakes, beating yourself up won’t get you anywhere.
  11. Go to a new place and take in your surroundings and the faces of people around you.
  12. Take a break to have some tea or coffee and look out the window for a while. 
  13. Create different scenarios and ideas with your original characters and illustrate them.
  14. Put your pencil to paper and just draw the first thing that comes to mind and go from there.
  15. Remember not to force it and stress yourself out, inspiration will come. 

If you have any more tips to add feel free to share them!

The rules

Do as you will, an it harm none (& that includes yourself.)

Be kind. Even when it takes effort. Maybe especially then.

Learn. Study. Challenge yourself.

Love hard. Practice loyalty, compassion, & creative community building.

Surround yourself with admirable, honorable & ethical people. They’ll give you something to compare yourself to and to strive for, and they’ll have your back when you stumble.

Find your own priorities and principles. Shed all those that aren’t YOURS and don’t suit you.

Dream well and nobly, then help your dreams into flowering, fruiting, and seeding.