Creativity Hates Complacency with Maria Brito

Career transitions are often bumpy. New processes, different people, and all the energy that goes into building the skills, network and momentum- no wonder why the comfort of a stable career is prevents many people from pursuing their calling. Change isn't easy.

Now imagine you're a working attorney with a promising future and more than a decade of education, testing, and training to get to where you are. That's the scenario my guest on the show today, Maria Brito found herself in. She recalls, "For the years I was an attorney, it was like I had a fake identity." It was clear that law was not her calling.

Fast forward to today's episode, and Maria is now an award-winning contemporary art advisor, author, and curator. She has written for publications such as Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, Elle, Forbes...  the list goes on. Complex Magazine named Maria one of the Top 20 Power Players in the Art World. She now teaches creativity courses in companies and, in 2019, she launched “Jumpstart”, an online program on creativity for entrepreneurs based on years of research and observation in both the areas of business and art.

The episode is filled with advice for making a career transition, ideas for jumpstarting your creativity and explores how a lack of experience can be an advantage.

Highlights from the show:

  • While educating clients and creating content isn't directly revenue-generating, Maria describes how a less transactional approach to the art business has been a key component of her success.

  • Leaving a legacy and being a pioneer: "Anyone can be a pioneer of something if only they let their ideas out, and only if they are willing to execute them."

  • Creativity is a series of habits, actions and activities. It's not some mystical flow state.

  • How NFTs and blockchain tech is impacting the conventional art world (there is no longer a clear boundary between digital and physical art)

  • Taking calculated risks to pursue passion

  • Being willing to shift

  • Finding gold at the intersection of two or more distinct domains

There is so much goodness to unpack from Maria. 


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