No matter what the medium, artists of all kinds rely on their innate creativity to produce their content and set themselves apart from the pack. But even the most tenured professionals have moments in which they are unable to successfully draw from their personal creative wells. Whether it’s a musician who can’t find the right series of notes or a novelist who is struggling with writer’s block, sometimes it’s impossible to make one’s imagination a reality. Don Hahn, a producer on Disney movies such as The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, found this problem so pressing that he took it head on in his new book, Brain Storm: Unleashing Your Creative Self. What advice does Hahn have from his own career for the aspiring “creative types”? What emotions and thought processes hinder or encourage creativity? How do you construct an environment conducive to creativity?
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