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Marc Rosenbush Marc Rosenbush filmmaker. lateral thinker. mellow visionary.??

Marc Rosenbush is an award-winning film director, writer, and producer who connects seemingly unrelated ideas – like Zen and film noir, vampires and compassion – to entertain, enlighten, and inspire. [www.lightwheelent.com]

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Everyone is creative. Everyone is brilliant. Everyone is capable of amazing things. Most of us were conditioned very young not to believe that, not to see that in ourselves. I was very lucky to have been raised with an awareness that it’s okay paint outside the lines.

From a very young age I was exposed to ways of living a creative life – like by growing up across the street from an outdoor Shakespeare festival. My mom taught kindergarten and her master’s degree was in fostering divergent thinking in children. I was her guinea pig! I was brought up to believe that there’s more than one answer to every question and that the way everyone does things is not necessarily the way things have to be done. I remember washing dishes with my mom as an improvisation game. The colander would come along to be washed and Mom would say, “What are five things this could be?” The colander would become a helmet or a UFO.

As I got older, I integrated more from my dad’s business and entrepreneurial interests and so became the hybrid I am today.

Creativity and imagination are always how I restore myself. First and foremost, I read, going into other worlds and other people’s imaginations. I’m never not reading.

Music is another way I restore myself. I’ve been playing guitar since I was about eleven and taught myself. When I turned forty, I bought myself an electric guitar and lately, when I’m stuck or in a difficult place, I try to learn a difficult guitar solo from a favorite song. There’s something about the process of working it out that restores me – going through the transition of learning the solo with my left brain and practicing it over and over until the right brain picks it up and I don’t have to think about it anymore and it becomes creative expression.

The deepest work I’m doing now is focused on my core value. At the deepest level, there are always self-acceptance questions, questions of being good enough as who I am, being valued for who I am instead of what I do. I think a lot of men in our culture are stuck with the idea that achievement equals value. There’s nothing wrong with achievement, but at the same time, even if I’m sitting, doing nothing, I’m valid and valuable as a human being.

– Marc Rosenbush

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