March 2021 - Elena Paige

EPISODE 1: Welcome to the Creative Genius At Play Podcast

Welcome to the Creative Genius At Play Podcast.

I’m your host, Elena Paige.

In this intro episode I introduce myself, tell you about my background and what to expect in the upcoming weeks from the show.

The show will include interview episodes with creative professionals and creativity experts. Designed to help you “discover your creative confidence, innovate in style, and make art that matters.”

Join me in creating a thriving creative practise and business.

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Welcome to the first episode of The Creative Genius at Play podcast,
I’m your host, Elena Paige, and welcome to all you creative or wanna be
creative people who are joining the show and listening.
I’m just doing this episode as
a really short, quick intro to let you know what to expect from the episodes
in the future and also to understand a little bit about
why I’m making the podcast, as well as to tell you a bit about who am I.
Why am I making a Creative Genius at Play podcast?
So let’s start there.
I’m Elena Paige, as I said,
and it’s really important that I say this because you’ll see and hear in future
interviews that people are pronouncing my name in all different ways.
And that’s actually perfectly fine.
I love that.
I love that people can say Elena and Elena.
So if you do get to be interviewed on this
podcast or you meet me in person or you talk to me online, you can say my name any
which way you like and I give you that permission.
So what is this show all about and why am I making it?
So a little bit of background about me.
I am now in my mid 40s and I think that’s
important to say so that you know where my experience comes from.
I haven’t been in the creative field forever in the sense of doing what we
would think of as super creative professional things like writing or
drawing or so many other things that you could do that are professionally creative.
There are professional crocheters
and knitters and so many other things I probably haven’t even thought of.
And even people that build houses are super creative right?
Architects.
Oh gosh, I could just go on.
There’s a list.
Where I come from is I spent the last 20 years in the field of counseling psychology
and helping people to find the cause of their illnesses,
their physical illnesses, and I was really big on
the sort of psycho emotional physical link and how to get past that.
So that’s, that’s my background.
I haven’t gone to art school or I haven’t
done a big sort of degree in creative writing or anything like that.
In fact, I studied law and psychology double degree at university.
If you meet me today, most people say, oh,
you’re so quirky, you’re a bit like out of the box.
And yet my early life was very in the box.
Having said that, when I was in primary school, why am I telling you this story?
Well, you know, there’s a lot to each of us, right.
So when I was in primary school, I used to dress really colorful and always
have a book under my arm and escape to imaginative worlds.
So it was there.
And then in my early 40s, I decided I was going to write children’s books.
And in the last five years, I’ve written and published twenty two.
I think I’m up to twenty two children’s books and I’m very entrepreneurial.
I’m very much a self starter.
I very much decide to do something and then I just do it
Even though I have no training and have no idea what I’m doing.
These are just things that I’m giving you
so that you get a context of who I am as the interviewer
when I turn up every week interviewing
these amazing other creatives that you will see me interview in future episodes.
I don’t wait till I’ve learned to do something before I share it.
So if you were, for example, to go and read some of my early books,
maybe even some of my current books, you might go, “Oh gosh, she cannot write.”
And that’s OK. I’m a real sharer.
I have to feel that what I’m making, I’m sharing with the world.
Otherwise I find it hard to make it.
Not that I don’t have, for example, things that I’ve made just for me.
I do, but I’m all about putting it out there and learning
from that process because that’s a really big process in and of itself.
So just to go back to that, I have published the books myself.
I learned the publishing industry and put them out myself, mostly because
I can and because it’s fun and challenging and I don’t need to get permission.
I don’t need somebody else to give me the stamp of approval.
I go straight to the consumer, which is my readers.
And that, of course, includes because I write children’s books,
librarians and teachers and parents and sometimes the kids directly as well.
In the last , well my COVID year
yeah, let’s talk about that.
My COVID year was spent not writing,
which was terrible because I planned to write six books in 2020
and I ended up writing just the beginning of one.
And what happened was well my children
were home from school, so I had to do a lot of home schooling
and I found that the anxiety just stopped me from writing.
But what I did instead was I decided “I’m going to learn how to draw.”
Why not?
So I’m starting on that journey of learning how to draw and I mean
starting on that journey of learning how to draw, like I know nothing.
I’ve probably – it’s funny, a friend yesterday actually said,
“Wow your drawings have improved so much recently.”
And I said to her, “You know, I’ve only drawn like 15 things yeah?
like literally only drawn 15 things.
So it’s definitely a work in progress.
But ultimately, I believe that I’ve been a creative person all my life,
whether it was recording meditation CDs, which I used to be really into,
whether it’s working with a client and trying to get solutions to
their problems. We’re always going to be creative.
So I’m starting this podcast partly
selfishly, all for me, so that I can learn to overcome
my own barriers and blocks and hugely to empower other people.
Whether you are in a professional, creative career,
whether you’re just starting off in a professional, creative career.
Whether you’re not even in what might technically look like a creative career,
ultimately it’s about bringing more creativity.
So the tagline for the show,
which I worked on for about, gosh, three weeks, I’m sure it was about
three weeks, the tagline for the show is “Discover your creative confidence,
innovate in style and make art that matters.”
So discover your creative confidence.
I’m sure that’s the counselor in me,
because over the years of having counseled thousands and thousands
of people in a 20 year span of that occupation,
I found that the number one thing that was really holding people back and I did get
to counsel an awful lot of professional creatives, believe it or not.
I really did, which is amazing.
Maybe I got jealous and decided I wanted to become one.
But what I found was that confidence,
self-esteem and these, all these things in us, you know, like the inner critic
and our judgment and our wanting to be perfect and our fear of rejection.
And certainly that’s been my
experience 100 percent has held me back and held a lot of other people back.
So I felt that was really,
really critical that that be in the tag line. And then innovate in style.
What I want to say, what I’m trying to say with that part of the sentence is innovation.
Right? So truly, creativity is about solving
problems, about expressing, about expressing oneself.
About being new, different, fresh.
Even if it’s the same as something,
it’s still going to be your unique new, different way of expressing it.
Like one of my books,
The Magicians’ Convention, one of the most common sentences that
I get on that for review is “reminds me of Harry Potter.”
So there’s a resonance in that.
And I did that on purpose.
But it’s different.
It’s, it’s innovative.
Even off Harry Potter, it’s still slightly different.
It’s my approach.
It’s the way I want to write that. So¬† innovation and innovating in style is really about
capturing your style, who you are, how you want to express.
And I find that that’s really important.
I know one of the most, the biggest asked questions is “How do I find my style?”
“How do I find my voice?”
And that’s in the tag line in that middle part, because I think that that is key.
And the third part – “make art that matters” is about making things that matter to you
and ultimately making things that matter to a wider audience and connecting
with that wider audience to get your work out into the world.
So CREATIVE GENIUS AT PLAY
We all want to be creative geniuses. At least I do.
And what is genius?
Well, you know, I found this.
Let me let me first read you the definition of creativity off Wikipedia.
Creativity is a phenomenon whereby
something somehow new and somehow valuable is formed.
The created item may be intangible,
such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition or a joke
or a physical object such as an invention, a printed literary work or a painting.
And Genius is a person who displays
exceptional intellectual ability, creative productivity, universality in genres,
(No idea what that part means)
or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement
of new discoveries or advances in a domain of knowledge.
And I love this. Walter Isaacson said, “the most common trait
that actually defines a genius may be the extraordinary ability to apply
creativity and imaginative thinking to almost any situation.”
So there you go. And the Play?
Well, you’ve got to be playful.
It’s can’t just be about being a creative genius.
It’s all about keeping that fun and play alive.
And I’m so big on that . My middle name is actually Elena Fun Paige.
It actually isn’t.
But maybe I should change my name so that it is.
What you’ll find in the episodes
that are coming up after this one, is interviews.
Lots and lots of wonderful interviews
with all sorts of different people, many of them working in creative fields.
Some of them might have something to teach us about working in the creative field.
So join me on the podcast.
It will be weekly and hopefully we do that.
We become creative geniuses at play, together.
Thank you so much.
And I’ll see you on the next episode.