On a round-the-world tip, Laurie spent time in Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Hawaii, Mexico and other countries. And not only did she manage to keep running her existing design business from her laptop, she designed and created an entirely new business – Outshinery.
Outshinery takes a new approach to product photography for the wine and beer industries, using 3D digital technology to create images without the hassle of shipping bottles of alcoholic liquid to photographers’ studios. It means they can deliver ‘bottle shots before the wine is bottled’.
The Outshinery team are spread across 3 continents and 4 office spaces, but use technology and teamwork to get things done together.
If you’re curious about the idea of combining exotic travel with your creative work, or if you’re a creative service provider who would like to have more income and impact without having to work longer and longer hours, you’ll find this an eye-opening and inspiring conversation.
In the first part of the show, I talk about why 21st Century Creatives should stay small and go global, for the sake of our creativity and prosperity.
Take Laurie Millotte’s Creative Challenge (and win an original desktop background and one of my books)
Every week, at the end of the show, I ask my guest to set you a Creative Challenge – something practical you can do that will help you put the ideas from the show into action.
Here’s how you can take part – and maybe win the prize of an original ‘world map’ desktop background designed by Laurie Millotte, plus your choice of one of my books for creatives – Productivity for Creative People, Motivation for Creative People, or Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success.
1. Listen to the interview part of the show, either in the player above or on iTunes or your favourite podcast platform.
2. the challenge is to design your ideal round the world creative adventure and leave a comment describing all the places you’d like to visit. Laurie is asking for at least 6 places, so be bold!
And tell us WHY you want to visit these places for inspiration – whether it’s the people, the landscape, the culture or something else.
Finally tell us what you want to create as a result of your trip – maybe a biz, an artwork, a book or another creative project.
To make it more fun, and to show you how easily it can be done, here are two round the world trip planners:
You can use these sites to build round the world tickets without actually making a purchase (unless you’re feeling really adventurous!).
No, we’re not sponsored by these sites and they are not affiliate links. We’re not affiliated with them in any way – Laurie just wanted to share them as fun tools to help you daydream.
3. Once you’ve completed the challenge, leave a comment below this post describing your imagined virtual world, and how it serves your visitors, as vividly as possible.
You have until midnight United States Pacific time on Friday 23rd June 2017 to complete the challenge and leave your comment.
4. Once the challenge has finished, I will pick 3 winners at random from the comments, who will receive the prize of the desktop background and your choice of one of my books for creatives. I want to stress I’ll pick the winners at random, I won’t be judging the comments as the challenge is not a competition.
5. Over the weekend I will send a bonus recording with my feedback on your comments and what we can all learn from the challenge. I’ll be looking through the comments for common patterns, whether that’s ways a lot of you get stuck, or great solutions you’re finding to the challenge. I’ll also be sharing reflections and advice from my own experience as a writer and a coach.
6. As usual the feedback recording will NOT be released on iTunes or anywhere else the show is syndicated. It will only be available via the 21st Century Creative mailing list – click here to join the list (and get a free Creative Career course).
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