WELCOME to the inaugural post of the Jank Words & Pictures Blog. If you know who we are great. If you don’t, we’re Jamie Lees and Frank D’Angelo, married creatives and indie publishing business partners.
Frank and I hail from the communications & design industry and have over 25 years of practical insight. Today, we consider ourselves storytellers. Whether we share our soon-to-be published books, cool swag, behind the scenes photos and videos or whether we share our life as a creative couple, it all fits together to tell the story of Jank Words & Pictures – because Jank is Jamie and Frank.
As we share our creative journey, our goal is to entertain and educate, as well as enrich people's lives through our storytelling. Along the way, with the experience we’ve gained, we’d love to support you so that you can bring your creative dreams to life. As you know, it’s not always easy and the path is crooked and the signage is sparse.
As storytellers, our stories come in many forms and we consider them all part of our creative legacy. Our stories are what we'll leave behind on this planet when we’re gone. We really love the predictions of futurist and Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil at his talk at the South by Southwest 2017 conference. He said, "In the near future dead people will be resurrected as avatars." Kurzweil explained, “By feeding an AI system photos, videos, and audio recordings of a person, as well as their letters, journal entries, emails, bills, stories and anything else that might offer a clue into their personality, we’ll be able to create avatars of them.” How awesome is that? Talk about a creative legacy.
The way we share our stories might be evolving, but the practice of creativity is innate to all humans. As Martha Graham said about creativity, “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block your creativity, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost forever.”
Frank and I will explore, write and share new blog posts to keep us all thinking and growing creatively. We'll keep you posted on our adventures too, so we invite you to SIGN UP to receive our Jank & File Newsletter. And by the way, this conversation doesn’t just go one way. We want to hear from you too.
Now, here’s a question for you... How are you securing your creative legacy for the future?