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Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Creative Core

Ever heard of the creative core?  I’m sure I didn’t invent it, but I thoroughly believe in it.
Time and time again at UCLA, I noticed my students that were especially talented in acting, showed great flair and originality in the scenic designs they created in my class.
  I myself was an actor up until college, where I learned I had a knack in the magic of painting with light as a theatrical lighting designer.  I went on to enjoy success as a playwright as well.
Odd crossovers?  I don’t think so.  Once a creative soul learns the skills and vocabulary of another artistic discipline, it opens up a new avenue for expression.  The right brain is a fantastical storehouse of artistic potential in us all.
Ready to try?  All you writers out there should dash to the bookstore and pick up DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN by Betty Edwards.  Nudge the talents you have to make words come alive and channel them into sketching.
I dare you to tickle your own creative core. 


  1. Hooray for the new blog! Leslie, I love it. Great job!

  2. Love it!! Yeah! And I agree. I've said a billion times, that my acting has impacted my writing immensely.

  3. Hey Lisa. Agree, agree, agree. I believe bringing a character alive on stage is a parallel process to giving them life on the page.

  4. FROM TINA PULLIAM: Thanks for the insight. My background was in dance. Took an art class for kicks a few years back and discovered I had a talent for 3-D art. Now, I do worship enhancement design for my church... Looking forward to more....

  5. Nice blog : ) Came from Lisa's page. I have wanted to take extension classeswith UCLA but just haven't yet

  6. Thanks Bekah. Run, don't walk to UCLA extension. It's delicious.