Jennifer Lee's Interview with Lilla Rogers & Nicole Piar
Today, Jenn interviewed Lilla Rogers, illustrator, teacher, lecturer, mentor, mother, and craft-maker. Basically, she's a beacon to the creative women out there trying to make it in this crazy world of creative entrepreneurship. And today's interview with her reminded me that I am a creative woman and that happens to be a pretty amazing label to have. I think my favorite part of the interview was when Lilla yelled, "Oh my God! I'm a creative woman!"
Jenn's interview with Lilla brought forth some spectacular nuggets. There were things many of us know and live, but that we sometimes need to be reminded of. For example, she talked about "the democratization of knowledge": the idea that we now have access to the tools and the information like we never have before. She went on to describe how technology is one of the ways we have so much access and how using that to our advantage is in our best interest as creative women.
She reminds women to stop feeling guilty about being creative and instead, to rediscover ourselves. The reminder that we were born highly creative is something I think I need to make one of my Monday mantras.
There were so many other great points Lilla made, like "education is key, learn the ropes, get familiar with what you're doing, then repeat it. This is similar to what Jenn said during day one -- find what works then repeat it and also similar to what Michael Port said on that first day. The conversation between Jenn and Lilla led to talk about career longevity and ways to make sure that happens. After all, this year's summit is all about sustainability, right? Right!
Then, we got to see Nicole Piar (a.k.a. GhostKitten Designs) as the first spotlight guest of the summit. She was fantastic. Her art is stunning. She talked about a collaborative project she's doing with eleven other artists--it's called Lovely Ink. I was so inspired by her art and the way she corralled her creative cohorts that I started thinking about others ways for me to do some of that (more on that soon).
I hope to see you there tomorrow!!