Starting a creative project? First task: pick these brains
We asked some of our creative catalysts for advice on how they do what they do
Drop Everything: ‘On an island, first and foremost, respect the local community. This is their home, not yours’
Other Voices: ‘Have a great team. Love the music with abandon. Learn to fail better.’ Above: Snow Patrol at St James’s Church in Dingle
Comedy troupe Diet of Worms: ‘Be precious. Butcher your darlings without mercy’
What should you do when your key prop doesn’t look as it should? When there’s no time to replace it, improvise. Often, adapting and working with what you have instead of what you want is a key part of making something happen. However, if there is time to replace it, then replace it. Attention to detail is everything.
Do Be open to change. The person who adapts learns most and goes furthest.
Don’t Be a d**k. I haven’t met a single person who wants to work with rude, arrogant or grumpy people.
Essential item: Laptop. The world at your fingertips.
Trade secret: Confidence, ambition, passion and an excellent taste level.
How do you get music superstars to Dingle? When you land in west Kerry, you have fallen into the place where everything is music. For many years now, word has been travelling out of the west via tall tales and millions of smartly delivered messages that make us considerable and a consideration.
Other Voices has uniquely fused the intimacy of the gathering itself, the musical legacy on which it builds, the inspiring and creative possibilities of the Dingle Peninsula, and a succession of digital-technology firsts to create emotional bonds of trust, affection and goodwill between the artists, Other Voices, Dingle, Derry, London and New York.
Do Have a great team. Love the music with abandon. Learn to fail better.
Don’t Ever take no for an answer, ever be crippled by rejection, ever worry about the weather.
Essential item Trust.
Trade secret It’s cooler at the edge.
How do you throw a party on an island? It really depends on the scale of the party. If it’s multi-event, Drop Everything style, then make damn sure you have a producer as good as Síomha Nee.
But whatever the scale, the main thing is respect for everything: the space, the artists, the audience and your team. On an island, first and foremost, respect the local community. This is their home, not yours. Get to know them. Don’t take the piss, and make sure your attendees don’t either. So lead by example and the lolz will be life-changing.
Do Make sure you leave the place as immaculate as you found it.
Don’t Mess with Mama Nature and do something stupid like throw a rave on a cliff edge.
Essential item The right attitude. And maybe a decent extension lead.
Trade secret I have a few. But do you really think I’m going to let them be published in a national newspaper?
Diet of Worms
How do you write comedy? Whatever way you find most fun. When a writer is enjoying what they write, it’s palpable. Find like-minded people who are generous and fun to be around, and write with them. Make each other laugh. Push each other.
Do Get your material in front of an audience, any audience, asap. It’s the only way you’ll really know if it’s any good.
Don’t Be precious. Butcher your darlings without mercy.
Essential item A notebook.
Trade secret Writing comedy is really hard. Harder than you ever imagined. But very worth it.