Friday, February 24, 2006

Right Brainer's Delight

Well my creative freakazoid right brain thinkers, guess what?

You are the new Cool Thing.

20 years ago it was Revenge of the Nerds, when the slide rule crowd got their day in the sun as highly paid tech geeks and wizards. Now their jobs are getting outsourced faster than you can say Bangalore Boogie. What's the "new" cool trait to possess?


Oh really? That's important? (Ahem!)

I salute all my fellow right brain thinkers and invite you to step out from the shadows and be a part of the solution for our world.

(If you're a left-brainer who happened upon this page, worry not! Here lie the solutions for you. Keep coming back and look at my website for more support to get your creative jumpstart.)

For all you Liberal Arts majors and Renaissance People, I urge you to come out and wave your banner!

For all the Chronic Crafters and Diehard Artists, show your stuff!

Dyslexics, ADDers, and Mental Giants step on up and teach us your secrets!

Poets, writers, dreamers, and schemers, this is the time when your visions will be valued.

Folks, we need to appreciate this while it lasts (don't get lulled into complacency). The world is asking for your skills now.


Remember when all the creative people were rounded up and told they needed to learn employable skills? Placed in those concentration camps called "technical schools" and "real jobs", they secretly nursed creative urges in the confines of their own minds.

Slowly, they leaked their creativity into the mainstream with socially acceptable knitting circles, cigar box purses, and a surge in Do It Yourself projects. Behind these Trojan Horses, other things snuck in: out of the box thinking, turning concepts upside down and backwards for a new approach, personal development as a key to broader thinking.

From schools to entrepreneurs to big bad corporations, creativity is the sabor for today. Here are a few great resources to show how your creativity can fit into the employable world.

Reading, Writing, and Creativity
Education guru Sir Ken Robinson talks about the importance of nurturing innovative solutions in the classroom -- indeed, in every aspect of modern life

A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
The era of "left brain" dominance, and the Information Age that it engendered, are giving way to a new world in which "right brain" qualities-inventiveness, empathy, meaning-predominate. That's the argument at the center of this provocative and original book, which uses the two sides of our brains as a metaphor for understanding the contours of our times.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

American Idol 2006: Branding Tips for Aspiring Stars

After braving 3 straight seasons of American Idol and easing into a fourth, I think it's obvious to most that a winning voice is not the biggest factor for success as a pop star.
Year after year, audition after audition, the judges practically SCREAM to contestants what they're looking for.

Wide Range Appeal.
A brandable style.

And do the tens of thousands of people auditioning hear this? Apparently not.

Seriously, how many Mariah sound alikes can we endure? MUST singing up and down a single note for an eternity and a day become de rigueur? Vocal gymnastics are not all that and sound canned after a while.

Just sing the damn song and quit quivering like a wannabe, I say.

Well, if you're an American Idol hopeful, then take a look at these tips stolen from the branding geniuses of marketing. You're a coat of many colors kid, but those colors need to make a comprehensible picture.

(Even if you're not trying out for American Idol, these tips can help you whittle down your message to something unified and easier to absorb.)

1. Who's Your Daddy?
Sorry to say, but there's nothing new under the sun. We're all just riffing on yesterday's ideas, adding today's spin. That spin is important and we'll get to it, but first start making a list of who your greatest influences are.

Aretha Franklin or Karen Carpenter? Kurt Cobain or Barry Manilow? Madonna or Mariah? Try to come up with at least 3.

2. Stretch Your Vocabulary Muscles
Contemplate each of your influences and start brainstorming words that describe that person. Soulful? Down to earth? Diva? Chic? Trendy? Strong? Romantic? Raunchy? Try to come up with at least 10 words for each person who influences you.

3. Get Focused
Now take that list and pick out your top 15 words that best describe you too. After you do that, chop it down to 10, then finally whittle it down to the 5 most accurate words that describe you.

4. Connect the Dots
Now that you have a list of words that describe your style, use it to guide how you communicate your sound, your image, your vibe. Use it to select material and how you physically represent it.

6. Make it sing YOU!
Your guiding words are intrinsic to you in all that you do. Put your personal mark on it. Don't be a cheap copycat- really mold it to fit your unique gifts.

You don't have to be an American Idol contestant to benefit from a tighter focus on who you are and what you offer. Let it guide you, not trap you to superstar glam success.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Brokeback Mountain Made Me Do It

In the spirit of found object art, recycling, and my newfound crush on Heath and Jake, we bring you...

Movie Trailer Satires: The Brokeback Series

What do you get when a creative mind and some video editing equipment find each other? Forbidden love, secrets, and shattered taboos.

See Brokeback Mountain's theme of secret love reinterpreted in Brokeback to the Future starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

Then feast your eyes on Top Gun 2: Brokeback Squadron with the high flying feelings of Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer.

If this cracks you up as much as it does me, here is a listing of some more trailer satires on

To everyone who emails me sappy PowerPoint movies, I soooooooooo much prefer these movie trailers! (Just a hint).

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Have You Hugged Your Inner Loca Today?

Hooray, hooray, hooray! My new podcast is up and going and I've already gotten some fan mail!

Release Your Inner Loca is an empowering celebration of creativity, community, and culture. My first podcast is an interview with my comadre Crafty Chica on the launching of her new book, Crafty Chica's Art de la Soul.

I plan on doing lots of interviews... what would you like to hear? Who would you like to meet?

I'm rounding up locas (some famous, some up and coming) who live and breathe the Inner Loca Lifestyle: positive people who thrive on and contribute to creativity, community, and culture. If you equate loca with la vida loca, then be prepared for a paradigm shift!

Take a listen here: Release Your Inner Loca Podcast with Nancy Marmolejo.

Learn how to subscribe on the site...


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Friday, February 03, 2006

Dog Party Nets Tens of Thousands of Dollars in 1 Day!

Happy Year of the Dog! This past week my little mama group got together at Erin's casa and had a Year of the Dog fiesta. We ate lots of mooshy mochi type sweets (I kept telling the kids they were called "fuchi" and that got a few giggles), potstickers, rice cakes, and the ever present, not so Asian Blue Corn Tortilla Chips from Trader Joes.

Citlalli brought home stacks of play money (hence the alluring title I grabbed you in here with ) and the topper of the day was singing "Who Let the Dogs Out" with a crowd of preschoolers and toddlers. Yes, my Wednesdays are the best!

Adios Bella Brava
My comadre Lorinda Morales, CEO of Bella Brava, just sent notice that she's closing Bella Brava's doors. She's got another venture up her sleeve, and I can't wait to see that in action. In the meantime, Lorinda is having a liquidation sale of her bath and beauty products. Her products are AMAZING and I personally use them myself. She is a perfectionist and exacts extreme care and attention to each potion, lotion, and spray. Take a look at what's left so you can have a last chance to enjoy her wonderful products: Bella Brava Website.

Well, I've done it again and gotten myself hooked on a reality type TV show! It all started with American Idol Season 2 and now, at the strong urging of my mom and my sister, I've fallen in love with Dancing With the Stars. Last night Stacy the wrestler samba'd up a storm and shook it like you couldn't believe. Citlalli and I were in the livingroom dancing along (I took Samba lessons a million years ago but you never forget those moves!)

I have always loved watching ballroom dancing, so this is a thrill to see non-dancers get a chance to do their thing on the floor. Of course, some of them have more background than others and it shows, but the improvement is amazing. Jerry Rice kicked butt last night, he found this groove last week and it's still with him. Yes, Jerry Rice the Raider. I'm serious people, if you're not watching this show YOU MUST.