Posts in Collaboration
Agreements for Collaborations

Have you ever found yourself in a collaboration or team effort spin-out? Have you ever walked away from a meeting with others and said, “What the hell just happened?” or “I don't like the way this turned out?” If you have, then likely you have either NO agreements in place, the agreements are not defined well enough, or the agreements were not honored. This is not good...but it is fixable and it is manageable, provided that all of the terms are stated, agreed upon, and written down. It’s really that easy. The hard part is nailing down everyone’s true needs, desires, and expectations. In this blog we will explore this topic.

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How To Travel Well With Others (Part 2)

Sometimes, collaboration includes the element of travel excursions. For bands this could mean going on tour, for artists this could be traveling with an agent to a gallery opening across the country, for architects this could mean going to Europe to restore a historic structure, and so on. No matter who you travel with, it's important to travel well. This blog will explore travel dynamics and offer some tips gained from experiences I've had on the road.

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How To Travel Well With Others (Part 1)

Sometimes, collaboration includes the element of travel excursions. For bands this could mean going on tour, for artists this could be traveling with an agent to a gallery opening across the country, for architects this could mean going to Europe to restore a historic structure, and so on. No matter who you travel with, it's important to travel well. This blog will explore travel dynamics and offer some tips gained from experiences I've had on the road.

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Why Collaborate?

Collaboration by definition is “the action of working with someone to produce or create something.”  It’s pretty straightforward. It’s anything that you make with someone else. But why would someone want to do this? Why not just make everything by yourself, keep all the glory, and reap all the benefits for yourself?  This is a valid question, and one that I have discussed at length hundreds of times over the years. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject:

The reason collaboration is a useful method of creation, is because it keeps things dynamic and it adds to one’s already apparent set of ideas.  Each person will have their own views, opinions, preferences, and standards, and that is great, but after a while it could become somewhat limiting or even stale, if a person is prone to repeating concepts, or has relatively stable or consistent ideas.  It can potentially generate more of the same essentially. There is nothing inherently wrong with that, but just think for a second about how introducing new ideas, new standards, new perspectives, and new preferences could alter all of that

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Collaborating With People From Other Professions

A sometimes overlooked element of collaboration is the practice of merging ideas and energy with from totally different walks of life professionally.  Not only does this expand the knowledge and experience of all parties involved with new concepts, but it also brings about fresh perspectives that one cannot usually discover when working with people within the same field.  


For example, if a musician / singer-songwriter writes songs for a living, then that is something that can be applied to almost anything.  Humans love adding the element of music to their projects. Whether it is a movie that would be far more impactful with a score, a charity gala where some light music would set the mood, or even a grocery store that has its own radio playing store-wide on constant rotation to help shoppers feel more relaxation for when they are standing in line, one thing is true across all these settings; people, humans... we all love music.

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5 Tips For Successful Collaboration

When collaborating, there are many dynamics at play.  These dynamics can include elements of individual personality characteristics, quantity and quality of egos, experience, and onward. Collaboration is an ever-evolving process and practice, and with time it can yield the sweetest of results creatively, no matter what your medium.  Following are some tips on how I have personally cultivated my creative relationships.

1. Check Your Ego at the Door

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3 TIPS TO PREVENT A COLLABORATION FROM GOING SOUR

Collaboration is all about bringing people, ideas, and skills together to serve something greater than any of the individual components.  It’s a relationship, and therefore it needs to maintain a healthy balance to optimally function. That’s not to say that some conflict is bad;  the old saying that conflict breeds creation does actually hold weight. Whether or not the conflict or drama becomes the nucleus of a collaboration is a different thing altogether.  Creation is a joyous process, and it should (hopefully) mostly be about the journey of having nothing, to having something... Thoughts become things…. That’s the ideal outcome of collaboration.  Sometimes though, toxicity can get in the way and disrupt that process. Here are some tell tale signs that a collaboration dynamic is going sour…

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