Creativity Coach - Artist Desiree East

You want to THRIVE and live in the PRESENT MOMENT. You want to CREATE THE REALITY YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED through CREATIVE LIFESTYLE HABITS.You want to tap into that hidden, CREATIVE POTENTIAL that is ready to be UNLEASHED to the world. When your inner voice, your intuitive heart --- YOUR creative genius --- is nourished and pampered, you know you can create profound changes in your LIFE that is the art.

Desiree East is a Soulful Entrepreneur, Certified Master Transformational Coach, Creatively Fit Coach and Visual Artist. Desiree facilitates live creative workshops and retreats, as well as, online art programs focused on personal and professional development. She inspires her clients to create meaningful change in their lives through creative ritual, using art-making as a modality for creative wellness and deep transformation (no art experience required). 

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mothers day illustration by desiree east

Brendon and I are a million miles away from home...How can we celebrate mother's day this year?

Usually, at this point in the game, you can find us elbow-to-elbow in the stationery store with other well-meaning daughters, sons, children, grandkids and husbands, trying to pick out just the right card for the women who have influenced our lives in every which way possible. Don't get me wrong --- I can get lost for hours looking at stationary. What I love the most --- if I have the time --- is figuring how to create something crafty and handmade. (If you don't know me by now, i'm a little bit of a stationary and gift wrap freak).

For the last few days, Brendon and I have both been wondering, "I wonder what everyone (Suzy, Lynne, Betty, Grandma Campbell, and all of the other Moms we love) is doing for Mother's Day this weekend...???" One thing is for sure: we will miss out on all of the delicious grub --- and spoiling you, of course (wink, wink).

So, this year (because, we are not home to shower everyone with gifts and flowers), here is a time-lapse video/illustration, made from the bottom of my heart. We may be halfway around the world, but we are thinking of you and send muchos, muchos besos...

This is dedicated to all of the wonderful moms my life, and especially to my beautiful mother, Suzy... http://vimeo.com/41981259

VIDEO CREDITS:

Produced and Illustrated by: Desirée East

Soundtrack: “Bonjour” by Fuji Kureta Used with permission under a CC-Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license: Fuji Kureta – Sweets EP

If you dig the tunes you heard, please support the artists and visit their site at: www.fujikureta.com

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Q&A with Choreographer Devin Fulton of ZINGDEED: a dance film

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ZINGDEED: A Dance Film featuring The Pin-Down Girls

Produced by Devin Fulton & Jamila Glass

Director & Writer: Jamila Glass

Choreographer & Creative Director: Devin Fulton

Soundtrack: AWOLNATION - "Sail" & "Burn It Down" (InnerPartySystem Remix)

Premiered at the Sweat Spot in Los Angeles, CA on January 14, 2012

SYNOPSIS: The Palashakopians are the native, estrogen-powered people of ZINGDEED, a mystical land of otherworldly deer-like super beings. Their world is dramatically altered when their leader sends the pack to a planet called Earth to rescue a lost soul.

zingdeed photo by James Scolari

The Palashakopians: Charlene Bittinger, Genevieve Carson, Devin Fulton, Jamila Glass, Chereese Mackey, Amanda Meyer, Jaime Randall

The Earthling: Estefano Suazo

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Featured Artist: Choreographer & Creative Director, Devin Fulton

Q&A by Desiree East

One word: Phenomenal

That is what comes to mind while watching Zingdeed.

And you might say that I am a teenie-bit biased solely because I personally know the mind-blowing talented Choreographer, Devin Fulton. (Or, perhaps it's because I became a fan of Awolnation's music after I had learned that my brother, Kalae Gam, worked as an Art Director for Awol's production of  'It's Not Your Fault' and 'Sail'...)

So yes, I am proud of my family and friends. I am always inspired by Influencers in society, and yes, even though I am a little biased toward (absolutely loving) the work of the people closest to me, here's the reality: the world is filled with pure, creative geniuses.  And their creative intelligence is quite contagious. The dance film, Zingdeed is proof of that. It is evident in everything - from how the dancers interpret the storyline through their movement and emotions to how the allure of post-modern costumes fit the mood of the narrative.

They say if you share your love and talents with the world, then good karma will come back to you ten-fold. Well, Devin has been a huge influence in my (dancing) life for several years, and I feel very grateful and humbled to have the opportunity of being showered with her ingenious bits of choreography in the studio.  I am pretty sure she has shared the same drive and inspiration with other dance students, as well as company members at LACDC (Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company) and in her own company, The Pin-Down Girls. Devin has been blessed with a successful career as a professional dancer and choreographer for many years, and her generous spirit and passion for dance is contagious. And now, after partnering with talented dancer and filmmaker, Jamila Glass of The Cutting Room, it will only open the door to bigger, spectacular opportunities for these truly gifted artists...

Zingdeed. Dancer Devin Fulton. photo by Abby Darby

Desiree East: What was your inspiration for Zingdeed and how did you come up with the concept?

Devin Fulton: The choreography from ZINGDEED was something I originally created for a live fashion show called Urban Odyssey. One of my company members in the Pin-Down Girls, Jamila Glass was part of the cast, and when we exited stage that night she said, "I think we should turn this piece into a dance film, whadya say?" She is a USC film school graduate and an incredible talent, and I trusted her whole heartedly with my work and my vision. I simply answered, "Lets do it" and we immediately started the pre-production process. We wanted this to be more than just shooting dance for the sake of shooting dance, but with a storyline and concept. We locked ourselves in my house for 4 days, until we had a cohesive idea. She wrote the treatment and we sent it off to our dream team. We got all yes replies and were shooting two weeks later. 

DE: From Costumes to Photography, Choreography to Production, and everything in between, it sounds like you had an amazing group of artists to collaborate with...is it safe to say you are hooked on the process of combining Dance Performance with Filmmaking?

DF: Jamila and I are still completely overwhelmed by the 42 person cast and crew who donated their time and skills to make this thing come together in the incredible way that it did. This was so humbling and inspiring and we are absolutely thrilled about keeping the ball rolling! There is not enough dance film making happening in the U.S. and we are excited about being pioneers, if you will, in getting people thinking and producing more in this way. We have started pre-production for the next project, and have about 3 more concepts in mind to follow. It is indeed fair to say, that we are totally hooked :-)

DE: As a professional dancer/performing artist, what do you think is the biggest challenge in the industry? 

Dancer and Choreographer Devin Fulton. photo by James Scolari

DF: I think that there are two main challenges in pursuing dance as a career. 1) Figuring out a way to pay your bills and survive. 2) Being respected in the same way that artists in other forums are. These two things go hand in hand really. I will fight to my death about dance being by far the hardest art form to go after. I am still trying to figure out why we are so under appreciated and how to help in making changes in the right direction. 

DE: As a choreographer, what is your creative process like? How do you get motivated and where do you draw your inspiration?

DF: My inspiration first and for most, comes from the 9 insanely talented dancers in my company. I work with the most unique and versatile women, which makes it so easy to create dances and shows that have many layers, and different tonality that is constantly changing and evolving. I believe in hiring dancers who can do a whole lot of everything, which keeps it fun for me because I am then able to apply all of my background and training, and also keep trying new things and pushing in new directions. When doing these things, I believe as an Artistic-Director that you must create a safe environment for your dancers. Also, a balance between a fun and productive work space. Second to all that, music of course is a huge part of where my motivation comes from.

DE: Do you have any advice for young, aspiring dancers for overcoming any of the challenges they may face?

DF: No matter what path you pursue in your life, there will always be challenges that come along with it. It is so important to do and go after what YOU love, not your mother, father, or Sally Joe down the street. I am scared to death every time I try something new. That is never a valid reason not to try it out though. In the brilliant words of those Nike ads..."Just Do It!" Trying not to give a shit what others think about you is a perfectly normal battle that I think most people face. I am still learning how to not give a shit, and Just Do it. The result in doing so, is usually incredibly fulfilling. 

ZINGDEED. photo by James Scolari

Producers: Devin Fulton & Jamila Glass Director & Writer: Jamila Glass Choreographer & Creative Director: Devin Fulton

The Palashakopians: Charlene Bittinger, Genevieve Carson, Devin Fulton, Jamila Glass, Chereese Mackey, Amanda Meyer, Jaime Randall

The Earthling: Estefano Suazo

Music: AWOLNATION - "Sail" & "Burn It Down" (InnerPartySystem Remix) **We own the rights to the choreography, not the music. This falls under "Fair Use" as no revenue is being generated from this film. Purely for entertainment.

Associate Producer: Jessica Bodner Cinematographers: Brad Haskell & Ben Clarke Costume Designer: Kellsy Mackilligan Headdress & Harness Designer: Kittinhawk Sculptor & Boot Designer: Jessica Bodner Set Designer: Kathi Leineke 1st ADs - Connor Casavan & Tiffany Sweat 2nd AD - Estefano Suazo Editor - Jamila Glass Camera Operators: John Kennedy & Raymond Demeritt Makeup & Hair - Michael Kelley Salon Sound - Taylor Quinn Set Wardrobe - Sara Duarte Set Photography - Abby Darby & James Scolari Catering - Duke Gervais

and now, for a brief intermission...

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/5687169 w=500&h=360] An old favorite. Directed, shot and edited by Ross Harris (aka Rossangeles). Featuring his beautiful daughter, Maya Harris, as the balloonatic. This family's got talent, yo!

when you need motivation, what are your fave tunes?

bob marley is an easy fix. his music makes my heart smile... [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O9UHZFQGQA&w=480&h=390]

...usually if i need motivation to get out of a slump, i'll listen to sad, melancholy music...i don't know why, but somehow it works out. but, the more i think of it, i guess it really depends on what kind of mood i am in, and of course, what kind of mood i need to be transformed into in order to complete the task at hand. usually what works the best is music that i know very well that i can belt out (with no one around, of course). it may be something as simple as folksy-time happy, hippy music, like "home" from edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros. or maybe even a little old-school punk, like fugazi's "waiting room"...or even (the extreme opposite), some hard-core gangsta rap (that's right, dr. dre, anyone?). seriously. it's funny i've got different playlists for different situations on my itunes.

design motivator road trip music mellow mix background bbq acoustic mix cleaning house mix (not really, just kidding...but i should have one) etc, etc...the list goes on.

from blues-y, jazzy, sultry tunes that quench your soul to hard-core rock to survive road rage on the 101 fwy - boooyah! - i've got it covered...and you? what fave tunes do you like to listen to motivate? is music a significant influential factor for your creativity?

do you ever feel a sense of nostaglia when you listen to certain songs?

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/17981725 w=500&h=281] Mike McCarthy (of the Stoked and Broke soundtrack), Coral Latella, and Sean Cashin perform "Missing Person". Behind the lens is independent filmmaker, Nathan Oldfield of Freefilms

I fell in love the moment I saw this clip.

No seriously, I did. I grew up surrounded by music. Music was the center of gatherings (oh wait, I lied...actually, food comes first). And then we had jam sessions. Nothing fancy. From Hawaiian to reggae and blues and anything in between and beyond. It's just what we did. We got together, we cooked, we ate, we played music, we sang and danced. Uncles, aunties, cousins, my mom, dad, brother, friends of family, friends of friends, whomever, whenever, and whatever instrument was laying around was played. Guitar, stand-up base, ukulele, drums...and if there was anything missing, "no worries!" We made homemade instruments on the fly.

And that's what I love about this video. In the kitchen. In the raw.

Home Sweet Home.

I am breaking ALL of the rules (but not really, probably)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HNgLBWVurw] Rules are meant to be broken. Or maybe I am just too lazy to follow them.

So this post has nothing to do with any related DailyPost topic thingamagigs from Wordpress (or does this count?)

I probably spelled thingamajig wrong (how do you spell that word, anyway?)

And I know that - at least on twitter - music is usually reserved for Music Mondays...but because I can't wait for Monday, Happy Music Friday!

I don't know about you, but my Fridays are just as - if not more - crazy than Mondays. It's my day to tie up loose ends from the work week. It can get kinda crazy, finalizing last minute design work, re-organizing art supplies and lesson plans from teaching, driving to and fro across the county, spotting plant material at job sites that needed to go in yesterday, going for end of week bank run, and if I'm lucky, setting a lunch date with a girlfriend or my mama...you name it, I'll squeeze it in.

But, as you probably already know, music always makes the day flow so much better.

(Oh, geez, flashback!) Did I ever mention that back in the day, in a land far, far away, I used to be a DJ for Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo? I was studying Mass Media/Journalism at the time...and I was the only girl DJ (I know, right? High five). Funny how some things in life come full circle.

So here it is. Something to inspire (or distract) you...a little ditty from one of my fave, fave FAVORITE artists, Pheonix. A cool acoustic version of '1901' to start your weekend off right...

And if you haven't seen it yet, don't forget to check out the trailer for the film, Somewhere, featuring music by Phoenix. Enjoy the tunes!

1901 from album wolfgang amadeus:

Counting all different ideas drifting away Past and present, they don't matter, now the future's sorted out Watch her moving in elliptical patterns Think it's not what you say, what you say is way too complicated For a minute thought I couldn't tell how to fall out

It's twenty seconds until the last call You're going, "Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey" Lie down you know it's easy Like we did it over summer long And I'll be anything you ask and more You're going, "Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey" It's not a miracle we needed No, I wouldn't let you think so Fold it, fold it, fold it, fold it

Girlfriend, oh your girlfriend is drifting away Past and present, 1855-1901 Watch them built up a meteor tower Think it's not going to stay anyway, think it's overrated For a minute thought I couldn't tell how to fall out

It's twenty seconds until the last call You're going, "Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey" Lie down you know it's easy Like we did it over summer long And I'll be anything you ask and more You're going, "Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey" It's not a miracle we needed No, I wouldn't let you think so Fold it, fold it, fold it, fold it


transformational creativity coach desiree east

Desiree East is a Soulful Entrepreneur, Certified Master Transformational Coach, Creativity Coach and Visual Artist. Desiree facilitates live creative workshops and retreats, as well as, online art programs focused on personal and professional development. She inspires her clients to create meaningful change in their lives through creative ritual, using art-making as a modality for creative wellness and deep transformation (no art experience required). 

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