The Creative and the Uncomfortable Church: Monica Ganas part 4

The Creative and the Uncomfortable Church: Monica Ganas part 4

I hope you have enjoyed these interviews with my friend, Monica Ganas.
It has been a joy for me to go back the two years to re-listen and segment the interview into four parts.
I’m actually sorry this is the last one.
 
 
This post may be the most important of the four.
In this 9-minute audio Dr. Ganas shares some of her personal struggles with FAITH, CREATIVITY, and the CHURCH.

 
 

The Creative and the Uncomfortable Church

 

 

Missed part 1, 2, 3? No problem.
 
Part 1 – An Interview with Monica Ganas
 
Part 2 – Why Do You Create?
 
Part 3 – God and Creativity
 
 
For more information on what we discussed:
 

Michael Card Interview – God in the Creative Process

Part 1
Part 2
 

Mosaic Church

Website
 
 
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God and Creativity – Monica Ganas part 3

God and Creativity – Monica Ganas part 3

From Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse to God’s Leading. This is just the normal part of being a Creative for Dr. Ganas.

 
 
This week we listen to part 3 of my telephone interview with Monica Ganas.
 
“God works through the people who are paying attention.”
 
”Telling the Truth can be dangerous.”
 
”The need for Honesty”
 
 
Interview Questions:
 

Where does your Creativity come from?

 

Is there a Recurring Theme

 

Is there a Point of Vulnerability in the Creative Process

 
 

God and Creativity


 
 
Azuza Pacific University interview
APU professor Monica Ganas explains California culture, from Hollywood to religion.

 
 
People mentioned during the interview:
 

Elizabeth Gilbert – Ted Talk


 

Anne Lamott

Facebook
Twitter
 

Dick Staub

Website
Facebook
 

Kindlingsfest

Webiste
 

Nigel Goodwin

Kindlingsfest Podcast
 
 
If you missed part 1 or 2, no problem. Click below
 
Part 1
 
Part 2
 
 
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Why Do You Create?  Monica Ganas Part 2

Why Do You Create? Monica Ganas Part 2

This is PART 2 of my telephone interview with my friend Monica Ganas.
 
Dr. Ganas is a professor of Communication Studies at Azusa Pacific University in California. She has been creatively involved in television, movies, and publishing with her 5-star rated book, Under the Influence: California’s Intoxicating Spiritual and Cultural Impact on America.
 
 
If you missed PART 1, no problem, (Official International saying) click here.  Part 1
 
 
This week Monica answers the 2nd question …

Why Do You Create?

In this 5 minute audio Monica will comment on the following:
 

Being Creative as a NATURAL RESPONSE to life

 

Calling

 

Being the Creative to Teaching the Creative

 

How money can affect our creativity

 

Nurturing your Gift

 

Embracing your Gift

 

 
 

Fun Bonus

 
Monica started her creative career in the early 70s with Brian Seff in the 1950’s revival rock band, Rick and Ruby, in San Fransisco.
In 1979 they became the opening act for Robin Williams, which led to an appearance on Mork and Mindy.
Here is a YouTube of Mork and Mindy Meet Rick and Ruby
 
Mork & Mindy Meet Rick & Ruby
 
 

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An Interview with Monica Ganas: Part 1

An Interview with Monica Ganas: Part 1

Monica Ganas and I met at Asbury Theological Seminary. While her husband, Scott, and I were attending ATS, Monica earned a doctorate in Communication from the University of Kentucky.
Today Dr. Ganas is a professor of Communication Studies at Azusa Pacific University in California where she co-authored APU’s new Cinema and Broadcast Arts major. Among many other activities, Monica serves on the organizational boards of the City of Angels Film Festival and Reel Spirituality and is a frequent presenter at the National Communication Association and Popular Culture Association conferences.

Monica was a member of the comedic/satiric The Rick and Ruby Show

Some of her acting credits include:
Mork and Mindy
The Pee Wee Herman Show
The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour
Madame’s Place
Matt and Kory Show
Rich Hall’s California Stars

 

monicas bookMonica’s 5-star rated book, Under the Influence: California’s Intoxicating Spiritual and Cultural Impact on America was published in 2010 and can be found on Amazon.

 

Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s blog is the start of a four-part interview series I did with Monica in 2011. Since we were not able to meet in person, I did the interview over the phone. Using headphone will improve your listening experience.

This short, 3:39 minute audio starts with the question:

Did you always see yourself as creative?

 

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The Art of Deep Practice

The Art of Deep Practice

This week I will pull some thoughts from Daniel Coyle’s book The Talent Code. The subtitle: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. Daniel’s book can be found on the psychology shelf. I think this makes it perfect for examining the possible transferable findings to the realm of the artist. If we are honest, we Creatives battle our minds as much as we do the chosen medium of our expressions.
 
Journalist Daniel Coyle set out to discover how talent comes to be. He examined activities from around the world. I was fascinated with one particular finding.
 

Deep Practice.

 
 
Deep Practice comes from struggling in certain targeted ways. It is operating at the edges of our ability, where we make mistakes. When we make mistakes we become smarter … if we have the right mindset.
 
Accepting experiences where we are forced to slow down, make errors, and correct them is talent acquisition on steroids. This can make us swift and graceful … even without our knowledge that it is happening. There is a key aspect to nurturing our talent in this way.
 

Choose a goal just beyond our present abilities.

 
 
So what does this have to do with the Creative and Art?
Maybe Deep Practice can take us to new levels in our creative process.
 
Instead of going about our art in the same way today … what would happen if we made the decision (Mindset of Apprentice) to set aside perfection and challenge ourselves to the point of knowing we will probably fail … but just fail?
 
Instead of creating that type of art that offers us praise from others … what would happen if we made the decision (Mindset of Exploration) to finally scratch that creative itch we have had for so long but put off because others might not understand what we are doing and think we have lost our talent … or worse yet, never had talent?
 
Instead of comfortably reaching for our known and trusted tools that we use without thinking … what would happen if we made the decision (Mindset of Courage) to pick up that foreign instrument, produce new art, and hope it is at least refrigerator door worthy?
 
 

Samuel Beckett said, ”Try again. Fall again. Fail better.

 
 
Could you, as a Creative, benefit from The Art of Deep Practice?
It requires two questions:
1. What would happen if …?
2. Do I have the RIGHT MINDSET?
 
 
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