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!

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A Play Date for Practical Creatives

A Play Date for Practical Creatives

“moving from ideas and inspiration, into action”

A brief, interim episode and catchup! Checking in with you, recapping some of the creative challenges from my guests, and a book recommendation to improve your inner dialogue.

You can find all the creative challenges from my guests in this season here.

The book I *highly* recommend is “The Inner Game of Tennis” by W. Timothy Gallwey. His insights into the inner dialogue that we all have (either on the tennis court or in the studio), are profound. He makes a brilliant case for re-balancing the relationship between the ego-led self, and the intuitive, creative self.

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Series 1 Wrap-Up

Series 1 Wrap-Up


If you don’t have time to listen to all 8 episodes of Series 1, check out this 20 minute series wrap-up. You’ll hear my summary of the chief takeaways and insights from all my guests in this series, primarily in the areas of Creative Process and Running a Business as a Creative.

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