Overcoming fears and improving the self has been my primary goal over the past year. As an artist I am afforded a lot of time sitting in one space while I am painting with nothing other than the joy of creative time on my side. I am very grateful that I am doing this in this day and age where the internet is bursting with information at your finger tips. I often get lost listening to great talks or half watching/listening to documentaries on a vast variety of subjects from Quantam Physics to Neuroplasticty and Epigenetics while I am in front of the canvas. Because some of my paitings take a couple hundred hours to complete I have really began to grasp all sorts of new information on how the universe works as well as the mind. Within the past 6 months I have taken it upon myself to overcome some fears and improve my skills in certain areas.
One of my big fears on hurdles has always been public speaking. Talking in front of a camera in movies or for tv shows is a completely different story than standing in front of a live audience and coherently getting your point across despite the rush of adrenaline and the pounding heart rate... so as of late I have chosen this be at the top on my check list of things to overcome. I have recently tried to put myself into situations that will fore me to overcome the extreme discomfort I feel when I am in front of a large crowd. It all started with a Petcha Kucha presentation I did last year during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler. It was a 5 1/2 min presentation on the power of creativity. Since then I have done a number of other public speaking events as well as joined ToastMasters in order to learn the skills I need to become a more competant presenter.
I'm excited, and somewhat nervous, to anounce that I will be presenting again this year at the WSSF for the Mountain Life Magazine "Multiplicity" show. I will be doing a 7 minute presentation on my journey as an artist and wilderness guide and the importance developing a personal connection with nature. Below is the press release blurb about the event:
I hope you are able to make it out to the event if you are in Whistler on the 14th.
Mountain Life Magazine and The Spearhead Huts Committee are proud to present the
Mountain MULTIPLICITY Show
Sunday, April 14th 7:00 Pm at The Whistler Conference Centre
part of World Ski & Snowboard Festival
mul·ti·plic·i·ty - noun \ˌməl-tə-ˈpli-sə-tē\
1a : the quality or state of being multiple or various
Life in the mountains is multi-faceted indeed — peaks, valleys, joy, pain, laughter, adrenaline and a whole lotta fun. The Multiplicity Show features eight new presentations from some of the greatest storytellers in the Mountain Kingdom; everything from living with bears for 50 years to exploring the unknown depths of Squamish river canyons, to making world-class skis in a local Whistler garage.
Hosted by Mountain Life editor Feet Banks, this one is a must-see.
This is the newest event in the World Ski & Snowboard Festival's incredible arts line-up, and the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Spearhead Huts Project. A growing number of people want to experience the majesty of Canada’s mountain backcountry, and the ultimate goal of the project is to build a series of backcountry huts for outdoor-lovers to enjoy year round in the spectacular Spearhead Range. A massive silent auction will be laid out and lots of free goodies will be flying through the air!
For more info and to buy tickets for the event, please visit wssf.com