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the creative posse

imageThe greatest challenge in my change of season has been getting my head around who my creative posse is.

After working for over a decade with a group of people, who took massive risks together, created large and failed extravagantly, its a massive change in dynamic. I mostly work by myself and the with groups of people that I will be with for a small amount of time inputting creative direction, thoughts or moments, but its not an ongoing opportunity with the same group of people.

Discovering a team of people who I can create large with and trust with the vulnerability of the creative process is a huge journey.

That is what I miss most about being in a part of a team who work towards a common goal. Often its not until you loose something that you realise its value.

I’m naturally a people person and I really enjoy throwing ideas around and living a communal life of creativity.

In the charts of a personality type I land very close to the middle of introvert and extrovert.

(insert here this song; cracks me up! For those who watched X factor last year)

I’m not extreme in the extrovert graph scales, I like time to process and when my house is quiet and I walk the tiles by myself and something peaceful settles on top of me. It’s actually something sacred. The quiet, the space, the moment of reflection arrives.

I can’t stay in that place to long though. The walls start to crowd, the noises start to creak and I want to talk to someone, anyone or anything…

Yesterday I did a creative workshop with a group of radio presenters and one of my discussion points in the workshop was ‘Who is your creative posse?’

A posse, is a group of like minded people who have your back. A group that is travelling in the same direction, yet not the same, just a group that celebrates strengths, forgives weaknesses, doesn’t steal others ideas, takes time to honour each other and listen.

A group that travels the sacred path of creativity safely, knowing that the creative process is a vulnerable one.

People who have your back.

People who you don’t have to tread lightly over massive egos.

People who bring out the best in you, not your worst.

People who are loving and kind.

These kind of friends, or posse don’t come along everyday and often you don’t realise how special the posse is until they have disbanded.

How can you create a posse?

How can you keep a posse together?

How can you create well with other people?

I have found in my experiences, the thing that kills a posse quickest is arrogance and pride.

When people access creativity with humility, acknowledging that WE is more important than ME, something very unique occurs.

Humility doesn’t mean shrinking back though in the presentation of ones ideas, thoughts, or creative endeavours. It just means we hold our ideas lighter and realise that as we sharpen the reflection of the ideas as a team, we can bring something so much more solid, than the one perspective that you bring alone.

Nothing of value in the history of the world has been built by one person. It is always built by a posse of people working together for the greater good.

If you see someone who looks successful, famous or inspirational, there is always someone in the background who has sacrificed for that person to excel.


A mother.

A father.

A stylist.

A producer.

A teacher.

A husband.

A wife.

A child.

There is always a posse.

It’s just whether we value the input the posse brings or not.

Value and appreciate your posse today and if you don’t have one, humble yourself and begin to build.


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A Perth Creative, making it big in NYC

PERTH-born actress Danielle Brewer has successfully transitioned from Australian ‘Telly’ to the American TV and Film industry with her appearance last month on the The Good Wife and upcoming lead role in the film Silene.

Australia has long been the breeding ground for successful actors taking flight internationally to the big screen and Broadway, including Isla Fisher and Naomi Watts. You might recognize Danielle as Nestle’s national Light & Creamy girl in the Australian Women’s Weekly or the chilly ice cream aisle at your local supermarket. But that was just a scoop of fun on the side for Danielle while she was working on set with lead roles in various Australian independent films, including First Sleep and Newton’s 3rd Law, both shot in Sydney.

The American Golden Globe winning TV series The Good Wife is shot in New York City. Danielle remarked at her time on set with the show. “It was a seemingly normal day preparing for background work in the studio when I got chosen to play Sabrina. Little did I know it was an extraordinary day where preparedness and opportunity where going to meet.”

With a background in music and ballet from the age of 5 her desire to tell the truth of every story has fuelled her passion in the arts. Danielle learned, “Sometimes the heart is a beautifully messy and awkward place … finding that delicate balance between sharing yourself and creating something new is a real honour.”

In addition to her love of the arts she completed a Bachelor of Business at Edith Cowan University in 2004. At the same time, she professionally embraced her natural ease in front of the camera by working with Riverview Community News as a lead presenter and her guest role on channel 9’s Getaway.

Danielle pursued her training at the Perth Actors Collective before moving to Sydney where she continued study at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art). She commented on her journey, “I love that I get to play an emotionally disturbed housewife one day and a perky cheer leader the next. Not knowing what’s around the corner is exhilarating because I never really can tell what is going to happen.” Realising the potential of international networking, Danielle embraced the opportunity to hone her skills at the New York Film Academy with the one-year acting conservatory in The Big Apple.

Danielle has found herself navigating the acting world with corporate sensibilities as much as a creative fervour. She referred to the importance of understanding the industry, “The blend of my business and creative experiences has supported me in a way I would have never expected, one would have never matured without the other”.

The excellence of her work has flowed onto the stage. My Perfect Life, starring Danielle as Carolee, advanced into the final top eight at the Long Island City One Act Play festival in April. Most recently, she performed in the production Satire Off-Broadway at The Producers Club in Times Square this month.

Currently based in New York City, Danielle has just been cast in the feature film, Silene, directed by John Desiderio, which will tell the story of a woman who is working through the loss of her unborn child. The multifaceted drama is set in Queens just outside the bustling city of Manhattan. Desiderio who handpicked the cast commented saying, “Danielle is an enormously talented actress who was my first choice for this character.”

No doubt Danielle will continue to find favour in the American Film and TV industry. You’ll want to remember the name, she’s one to watch.