the creative process

Last night some work buds and I went to see The September Issue, a documentary about worldwide fashion icon Anna Wintour, the famous/infamous editor of American Vogue. She’s the larger than life boss upon which the runaway bestselling book and hit film The Devil Wears Prada is based.

The film was fascinating, amusing and had so very much to relate to for anyone who works in a creative environment. The drama. The tension. The meltdowns. The button-pushing. The striving. The collaboration. The rivalry. The diplomacy. The brilliance. The callousness. The waste. The work itself is not the challenge. It’s getting the people to work together to do it.

33andahalfAm also reading a book about the making of The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St. Totally fascinating to hear how that record was put together and all that went into it. It sounded utterly chaotic. So much was random. Yet so much of it was the product of their years of experience together (not random).

There is a beautiful thing that happens when a team, a unit evolves to a superior level of performance. You can’t systematize it. You can’t acquire it. It’s evolution. The only way you arrive upon that point is by all moving forward together.

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