Creative Nibble – Do you have your tour rider? (S2, E11)

Creative Nibble – Do you have your tour rider? (S2, E11)


Hey, check out this view. Not bad, huh? I’m
Dennis Hodges and this is Creative Nibble. A way to foster your creativity is to
get comfortable. You can see that I’m dressed pretty casually, I’m sitting
outside, I have a great view, and it’s a lovely day perfect for grabbing pen and
paper and putting some thoughts down. What makes you comfortable?
Is it a favorite beverage you like or a certain clothing you like to slip into
after work? Is it a favorite place in your home with a chair and the right
light? Or a certain pen you like to work with or other tools? You hear often about
rock stars and with what’s called a “tour rider.” These are the clauses in their
contracts that have to be met for them to perform. Now, it sounds a bit extreme
on the one hand but on the other hand not at al.l Madonna, in her offstage room
wants her living room complete with her furniture so she feels like she’s home. Jack white wants homemade guacamole made with his specific recipe. Alicia Keys
wants a certain scents of Glade candles available. That sounds really specific
but think about it: These are artists. Behind all the glitz and glamour of all
their lifestyles they are artists at their core; they want to create, they need
to create. They’re traveling every other day to other cities and even though
they’re staying in 5-star hotels those are still hotels. They’re not at home. So,
in your life what is it that makes you comfortable? What is it that gets you
comfortable so that you, too, can create? And that’s your Creative Nibble. Pause.
Think. Create.

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