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Emma  | July 4, 2011
As the other comments have said not all creatives have mental health issues. But as the creative industries thrive off passion and drive they are areas that people with these issues can excel, which can also lead to their difficulties being masked and appearing 'normal'. This also has it's good and bad points - re: professional vs personal success.

Personally as a creative myself who has managed other creatives I have found the experience invaluable in pursuing a new career in working with children and adults with mood/social/personality difficulties.
Angus Brown
Angus Brown  | June 15, 2011
Hi Janet

This article seems to focus more on people with mental health issues / illness - rather than about creatives' being passionate or sensitive about their work etc. I'm a creative ie. Actor (who's currently developing a strong 'collaborative skills/industry awareness/confidence base' in Directing & Writing for both film and theatre)who's always been capable of taking on board constructive criticism even during the most challenging or difficult moments - and who not only works well with crews and directors - but who loves the creative/technical process. I'm very much passionate about what I do - but I'm also very much aware of who I'm working with - plus the importance of their roles. I'm not overly sensitive when my performance needs to change or plans have to be dropped etc. etc. Whatever needs to be done re: via the director/producer, just needs to be done - which means I have to adapt or be flexible - that's the nature of my work with others.

I disagree with people thinking they should "act like parents" in order to handle creatives' - I find this very condescending/patronising (as a creative, I am a responsible adult, not a child - and I expect other creatives' to behave like adults too - as well as every other person involved in getting the project completed) Whether someone has a massive ego or insecurity problem - it's still all about working together to get the right results.

During the selection process re: choosing Actors or Writers or Directors etc. it's up to the Producer etc. to choose the right person for the job. If a candidate comes across as having deep insecurities or has issues with groups or what's expected of them - then you're obviously taking a big risk if you go ahead and select them for your project.

I realise that life throws up all sorts of scenarios, but to get the best results in both a professional and creative/technical fashion, all working relationships should at all times be conducted on an "adult to adult basis".


John  | June 15, 2011
Interesting that the article presupposes that the creative isn't the one managing or in charge. It's an interesting article but watch-out you management types the creatives are on the rise!

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