When you think about your favorite day of work, what comes to mind? Was it the day you answered 80 emails in an two-hour sprint? Or was it the day you discovered a new way to solve a problem you’d wrestled with for weeks? Chances are, you remember the day you did your best work better than the day you did the most work.
For independent filmmakers, getting a chance to direct a big Hollywood movie can be a mixed blessing. Sure, you’ll make more money, get more resources, and work with higher-profile actors. But you’re also likely to wind up with less control and more red tape. Such was the experience of three directors at the “Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood”—a Sundance Film Festival panel presented by Dropbox. Here’s how Justin Lin, Catherine Hardwicke, and Taika Waititi adjusted to their new roles—plus their tips for dealing with the challenges that come with success.
Over 100 million people are expected to tune into the football game this Sunday. They’ll be watching 92 athletes compete on the biggest stage in American sports—but that won’t include one of the heroes from last year’s game.
When a groove becomes a rut, it may be time to reconsider your tried-and-true ways of being and working. Albert Einstein famously said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” Creativity can be a powerful path to new ground and new vitality. Try these strategies to reboot, refresh, and keep your pilot light of inspiration burning.
Where do you get your creative energy, and how do you keep it flowing? At a special live taping of Slate’s Culture Gabfest and Represent podcasts—recorded at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and sponsored by Dropbox—Editor in Chief Julia Turner quizzed the team on just that. How does film critic Dana Stevens stay motivated? What does culture writer Aisha Harris do when she gets stuck? And why does critic-at-large Stephen Metcalf purposely ignore his readers for half of his creative process? Here’s a rundown of their best tips, many of which can apply to just about anyone, creative or not.
Dropbox is all about celebrating creative energy. That’s why we’re always delighted to work with the passionate champions of creativity who bring you It’s Nice That. We had so much fun collaborating with them on The Dream Team, we’ve decided to partner again for Nicer Tuesdays.