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Creativity School

May 6, 2019

We all know the unknown and uncertainty of forging ahead on your own creative path can be terrifying! So how can we overcome all the fears and move forward?

On this week’s episode of Creativity School, I’m talking to Hommy Diaz. Hommy is an influential designer in sneaker culture with over 15 years of experience working with with top brands like KSWISS, Palladium Boots and DC Shoes. He is also the cofounder of MAGNUS ALPHA, his own designer sneaker, accessories and apparel company.

Hommy is a proud child of immigrants from the Dominican Republic and his family told him he couldn’t make money being an artist. Despite this, he went to Parsons art school, graduated, and then took a part time job at the Apple Store, much to the confusion and disappointment of his family. Somehow, Hommy leveraged that experience to end up as the global product line manager at DC Shoes... with zero shoe design experience! We talk about how he navigated this journey, his particular way of thinking that allows him to stay open to possibilities without trying to control the outcome of the unknown, and how this has consistently opened doors for him on his creative path.

Stay tuned for Part 2 with Hommy next week, where we talk about how to create work that's meaningful to consumers and more.


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Mentioned in this episode:

  • Being open to opportunity even if it’s not exactly what you expect

  • Why its so important to create your own opportunities

  • Why Hommy says setting expectations is self sabotage

  • How to release the impulse to control things and enjoy the process

  • Why Hommy says to rack up as many small failures as possible



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