The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Kurt Pio: Kurt Pio, 38, artist, self-employed
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
KP: I see these as types of interests and hobbies. Yoga and kinesiology - keeps me balanced within and Instagram, travel & people watching - I love to use these as a visual stimulation, which in turn inspires me.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
KP: Absolutely yes, it is a constant daily struggle, but definitely improves over time.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
KP: I am most creative late at night and most productive around a full moon or if I’m at the studio early in the morning.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
KP: It’s a difficult question to answer, but it depends on what resonates with me creatively at that time. I obviously look ahead and dream of the bigger picture and I know inside this is super important for me to do , but in reality the finer details are not always as I see them to be and I have to be open to this.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
KP: I am constantly dreaming and playing around with new ideas, often making little mock ups and experimenting with them. Some work out and some stay on the back burner. I like to experiment with things for my own home and that is often a test run for possible pieces.
TCU: What scares you?
KP: Being ordinary
TCU: What does success mean to you?
KP: When you own your own time and you can choose to do with it as you please. Not having a system, a boss or an alarm clock that will dictate your day.