029: Brian Mays on Creativity

UPDATE: At the time of this recording, the show was called The Your Voice Podcast. Since this recording, Kay has rebranded to Life and Mission.

Brian Mays is a dad, husband, graphic designer, artist and teacher. In this interview, he shares his experience as a graphic designer and teacher of creativity.

[00:01:31] As a graphic designer for a church, Brian says, “We offer a handshake to the world and we make sure that handshake’s as good as it can be.”

[00:37:30] Being a creative professional as a discipline: “When you’re living it eight hours a day five days a week, there are times where the ideas just don’t come and you’ve still got to perform, and that’s not fun.”

Quote: There are times where the ideas just don't come and you've still got to perform.

[00:40:39] I asked Brian if creativity is something people are born with, or of it’s learned.

[00:40:58] Creativity in different areas of life, and Brian’s biggest frustration.

What’s a good critiquing process?

[00:43:03] “I’ve seen tears in classrooms from from when people get critiqued and it’s very, very difficult for – especially younger ones that are just getting their first exposure to this in some kind of creative teaching in school. They may have never had their ideas critiqued before.”

Quote: A good critiquing process makes it about the work, not the person.

[00:48:43] The creative process isn’t exactly what people imagine it to be, especially when you’re creating advertising. Brian shares how that can pose a problem.

[00:49:38] Do limitations make people more creative?

[00:52:04] Brian reveals his plan for some upcoming projects.

How to nurture and grow creativity

[00:58:37] Here’s what Brian tells someone who wants to grow and develop their creative side:

  • Keep making stuff. Do it because you enjoy it.
  • Tell people about it.
  • Get constructive feedback to help you improve your skills. You’ll need to develop a really thick skin: “You don’t want to not care what you have but let it not penetrate into your soul.”
  • Take risks.

[01:00:30] What’s next? More portraits (he’s good, y’all).

[01:01:05] Advice to young creatives – you don’t have to do everything that comes your way.

Links

BrianMays.com

The Mays Family - creatively

026: John Michael Clark on Family Leadership

[00:05:28] In this show, John Michael leads us through the three legs of family leadership:

  • Compassion
  • Responsibility
  • Authority

[00:06:13] “As long as we’re starting with compassion. Everything else will fall into place.” JM gives examples from his own family to show how this looks.

[00:10:37] Every person in the family has responsibility, but the ultimate burden falls on the man. “When men come to me complaining my first thing is to hold up the mirror to them and go, ‘Hey bro, look at this guy.’”

[00:13:16] In the church, men are told they need to lead like Jesus, but aren’t taught how to do that.

[00:15:29] The lies we believe about men can lead to extremes. One extreme can lead to abuse. The other can lead to passivity and families and relationships that drift. But good men are not afraid of bad guys.

Quote: If a man is loving his wife like Christ loves the church, women are going to thrive. Children are going to thrive, and men are going to thrive.

[00:20:57] “If a man is loving his wife like Christ loves the church, women are going to thrive. Children are going to thrive, and men are going to thrive.”

[00:23:00] On issues of intimacy, JM says you can’t rely on “imaginary invisible messages.” Talk to your wife.

[00:28:00] JM describes the Captain’s Course. The course is open for registration only for a brief time, and YVP listeners can get a discount (see the link below). If you miss the summer class, get on JM’s email list to catch the next one.

[00:42:42] Learning from experience.

025: Allison Mayer, Witness with Images

UPDATE: At the time of this recording, the show was called The Your Voice Podcast. Since this recording, Kay has rebranded to Life and Mission.

Allison Mayer is a photojournalist, using images to tell true stories and to help us understand the world. She describes herself as witness, storyteller and artist. She reminds us not to get so caught up in the story we want to tell that we miss the story unfolding before us.

[00:00:33] Allison describes her role with nonprofit organizations and NGOs across the world. She helps collect media for fund raising and awareness, and develops complete marketing plans.

[00:02:38] It’s important to capture the full story, even if that story is never told in public. “To me it’s all about making that connection and really treating everybody I meet with the respect that they deserve.”

[00:03:45] “I want people to authentically share what they feel is their life.”

Allison Mayer, humanitarian photographer

Links

Instagram.com/allisonmayerwsa
@Allisonmayerwsa on all social media