Magnus meets Tinky Winky

Magnus meets Tinky Winky

“I enjoy working within creative constraints”

In this episode, the tables have been turned, and I am on the other side of the microphone!

In the last series of the podcast, I interviewed Magnus Goransson, Design Director at LEGO’s Creative Play Lab. And after our conversation, Magnus reached out and offered to interview me in return – specifically about my performance work.

One of my many roles as a creative is being a creature performer. I trained as an actor and I specialise in bringing non-human characters to life. One of the most well-known of these was Tinky Winky from Teletubbies. And as you’ll hear, this struck a chord with Magnus, who was intrigued to know more.

Some of the topics we cover in our conversation include:

  • how I discovered the world of creature performance
  • my early training and how it continues to influence my work today
  • how that training overlaps with how designers work
  • how I use physical constraints to inform the creative process
  • we talk about some of the unique challenges of this line of work
  • and we compare notes on a few practical tips for creatives

Please enjoy this slightly different episode of The Practical Creative!

Posted by user in Creative business, creature performer, fun, Play, puppeteer, Season 3, Strange Ideas, Thoughts, Updates
Season 3 – “The Power of Play” wrap up episode

Season 3 – “The Power of Play” wrap up episode

“stay curious!”

In this wrap up episode, I recap all my guests in the season exploring the power of play, and highlight some of the key strategies and takeaways that anyone can use to incorporate more play into their lives and creative practice.

Posted by user in Business, Creative business, Drawing, fun, futurism, Painting, Play, puppeteer, science fiction, Season 3
Playing in different worlds with puppeteer and sci-fi author Mary Robinette Kowal

Playing in different worlds with puppeteer and sci-fi author Mary Robinette Kowal

“It’s about remembering to trust your taste.”


Mary Robinette is a puppeteer, audiobook narrator, science fiction author, and she is no stranger to winning awards. One of her short stories won a Hugo award, she won the Campbell award for Best New Writer, and one of her novels was nominated for a Nebula – all of which are a big deal in the science fiction and fantasy genre. But her list of accomplishments goes on, with Mary Robinette also winning two UNIMA awards for her work in puppetry.

I was delighted to get the opportunity to talk to Mary Robinette about her work; particularly as she has found success in what appear to be two very different worlds – although she disagrees, and you’ll hear why.

Some of the topics we cover include:

  • the importance of ‘doodling’ and how she uses to get out of feeling ‘stuck’
  • managing depression as a creative, and still getting work done
  • the importance of valuing your own taste

And a wonderful writing challenge to encourage you to ‘cross pollinate.’

This was an intriguing, and surprisingly frank, conversation that covered a wide range of topics and offers an insight into two fascinating, creative worlds.

Posted by user in author, depression, Play, puppeteer, science fiction, Season 3