I straddle the worlds of creativity and technology.
I've founded several companies, including marketing consultancy Draco Felis, digital publishing company Hukilau and Moviestorm, a virtual movie studio. Now I teach marketing and mobile development, and I'm a freelance writer.
I'm also an unashamed film buff, voracious reader, music lover, and foodie.
Before she became a silent movie star, Louise Brooks was a dancer with the Denishawn Company. In 1922/23, they did a tour of 180 US cities in 200 days, a punishing schedule by any standards. Half-way through, the cast was becoming dispirited and tired, and the shows were beginning to suffer. The troupe leader, the redoubtable Ruth St Denis (below), gave Louise a wonderful piece of advice.
Ruth St Denis in 1916
"You must think of it as art, my dear, and then do it as a business."
Neatly sums up what it is to be a professional entertainer, don't you think?
I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to develop their talents. Many of the most creative people I've met have struggled to find an audience, not because their work isn't good enough, but because they haven't been able to afford the tools to work with or have been battling against corporate sales-driven media companies. With the advent of the Internet and new creative tools, more and more of those people are getting the chance to show us all what they can do, to find new audiences, and to contribute to our shared culture. I like to feel I'm doing my bit to help.