What advice do you have for kids that want to be an artist or builder or creator?
Trust your instincts. Just keep working on what you want to create. Artists and composers and writers all know that sticking with it – rewriting, rethinking, redoing – is much more important than the creative idea itself. Persistence really pays off. If you want others to see your work and support your work, you must also understand how to promote it. In music it takes an artist about ten years to become “an overnight sensation.”
Did you have a favorite toy growing up?
Have you ever built a fort?
I built several forts in the woods near my home growing up in Connecticut. They were an important part of my childhood. They felt like magical places where I could imagine anything. I still feel excited about creating something new. Someone once said that a creative person is a “child who survived.” Being able to continue to be excited by what you see and do is an essential part of being creative.