Why Cutting Arts Funding Impacts the Bottom Line

by Lynn S. Schwebach Eli Broad, founder of two Fortune 500 companies, billionaire, philanthropist, education reformer, and world-class art collector, told Charlie Rose in an interview exactly what he has learned from artists: “I’ve learned to be a lot more ‘broad’ minded. Artists see the world differently than bankers, lawyers—than we business people.” Excuse the …

It’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Calling

by Lynn S. Schwebach Some people never leave us—they inspire us even after they have left our reality. My grandfather passed away when I was 9 years old, yet every time I enter my art studio, he enters with me. I knew my grandfather Ferdinand, or Frenchy as many called him, during the last stretch …

Personal Branding Builds Confidence

by Lynn S. Schwebach Visual artists, writers, musicians, actors, or anyone working in creative fields struggle every day in the workplace and community to have their voices heard, to get   their achievements recognized, and to get the exposure they deserve. It’s demoralizing and exhausting and often the price paid is an erosion of self-confidence. …

Basic Steps to Building a Personal Brand

by Lynn S.Schwebach I have helped other businesses with branding, but sitting down and doing it for my new art business was like jumping in a cold lake on a winter day. Naked. It’s a lesson in taking the advice you dish out to others, and applying it to your own life. But I learned a …

What Is Your Personal Brand?

by Lynn S. Schwebach At some point in their lives, most people have been labeled or defined in a way that surprises them—or infuriates them. And yet many dislike concepts such as “personal branding,” because many in our society associate branding with bragging.  But, career development experts tell us, the danger of avoiding personal branding …

Don Henley Overturns Creativity Myth

by Lynn S. Schwebach A pernicious, low-level anxiety has settled like pond scum on my creative impulse, and it stems from growing up with the depressing axiom that creativity diminishes with age. Those front and center in middle age—namely baby boomers—heard the age and low- creativity toxin so many times that many of us took it as …

Sheila Dunn’s Authenticity on Life and Art—an Update

Back in 2012, I had the privilege of interviewing artist Sheila Dunn. I continue to follow Sheila because her paintings stir the spirit guiding me, the one called Ruach, the one that delivers divine inspiration. Here is the definition of this Hebrew word: Ruach is a Hebrew word meaning "wind" or "spirit." In its prophetic …

What is Dance?

Bravelycreative is now accepting submissions by guest bloggers. For the first guest-written article, I am pleased to publish an article by Portland-based dancer and writer Katie Haynes. by Katie Haynes Dance is one of the most human forms of expression. It is embodied creativity, only needing a human vessel to be fulfilled. For the dancer, …

Infringement Case of Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke Offers Inspirational Insights

by Lynn S. Schwebach The recent “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement case offers insights into the never-ending debate on how to separate artistic inspiration from stealing. A Los Angeles federal court ruled in March 2015 that the song “Blurred Lines” copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.” The suit ordered Pharrell Williams and …

Imaginary Friends Change You and the World

by Lynn S. Schwebach The process of nurturing creativity does not require spending exorbitant sums on costly schools or programs, art lessons or trips to ashrams in India or elsewhere. Psychology experts now know that one of the most fundamental ways to foster creativity is having an imaginary friend. Imaginary friends are born when we …