Episode 1 1: THE PAGE OF WANDS

EJ Hill

On Episode 11, we get Right To The Source of EJ Hill’s passion and inspiration that has fueled his groundbreaking, incredible career as a multi-faceted visual and performance artist. Join us as we discuss the importance of pushing the boundaries of self-expression to get out of your comfort zone, the art and struggle of balancing business and creativity, creating to create vs creating with intent, our obsession with the “Blessed Unrest”, what durational performance art is, and of course A Rose & A Thorn, The Daily, and all-new Golden Nuggets. So let it go, and let’s go…RIGHT TO THE SOURCE!

THE DAILY

Putting Pen to Paper

Every year since 2005 he's kept a blank paged book that becomes the container for ideas, how he's feeling, and what he's thinking. He saves all of them so now they're like an archive of his life. When he creates, the first thing he does when he gets to the studio is put pen to paper no matter where he's creating.

A ROSE & A THORN

Sarah

 

Rose

Egypt. She just got back from a trip there that was unbelievable. She didn’t know what to expect but being able to experience the pyramids and tombs and all the things she’s seen in books her whole life. She feels like it put everything into perspective to be taken out of her bubble and experience something so incredible and godly.

Thorn

Feeling sad after coming home from trips. She feels it now having experienced something outside of her world. She felt so inspired while she was on her trip, and then feels like she’s mourning that feeling of exploration and adventure now that she’s back to her normal life. She misses the pyramids, the people, the place, the whole experience. She feels melancholic every time she comes home from a trip like this.

Evan

Rose

Community. He spent the last week with a community of creatives brainstorming ideas of how to make the music and entertainment industry better for creatives to thrive in. Being united with such a larger community makes him appreciate that there are so many people with brilliant minds who are working to solve problems and coming up with amazing solutions.


Thorn

Not being able to pause and reflect before he responds. He’s been working on being less of a reactive person but it’s a constant struggle for him to take the time to think and respond appropriately.

EJ Hill​

 
Rose

Being able to do things like the podcast. He’s at a point in his life and his work where it doesn’t feel like labor all the time anymore. It can feel like fun. He loves being able to do things like be on RTTS and call it his work


Thorn

Having a lot of things that feel pressing socially. He’s finding it more difficult to assert himself in ways that don’t discount other people. He struggles with setting boundaries and finding middle ground between what he wants and what others in his life want, and changing things that go against how he’s lived his whole life.

GOLDEN NUGGETS

Sarah

 

A book called “Egypt: Then and Now” A book of pictures that shows how sites used to look way back in history, and then you flip the page and it shows how it looks today. She loves how much information it gives and it shows multiple places she was able to visit on her recent trip. Her golden nugget is this book but also having little trinkets or something to remember places you’ve been.

Evan 

Jeremy Heimans and his book called New Power. Evan listened to him speak recently and he felt so inspired by his old power versus new power and old values versus new values, and how we can take those principles and bring them into creativity. Old power is based in currency and new power is based in current. You can’t accumulate current, but it’s what you can do with it, how you can bring other people into it.

EJ Hill

 

When he’s really looking to ground himself again, start a new project or just reaffirm, it’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The album hits all of the right notes. It feels like a gospel text to him. If he never had to listen to anything else other than that, he’d be fine.

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