It’s important for each person to embrace his or her own individual creative process. The way you work is unique, beautiful, and perfect. There is no single, right way to create.—Zoë Kors
Zoë Kors is writer, speaker, and coach. She combines Tantra, Zen Buddhism, meditation, yoga, breathwork, with Western Psychotherapy and Co-Active Coaching to help women heal and transform their sexuality within a sisterhood of wildly-expressed women. She lives in LA with her 10-year-old son.
What time do you get up?
What time do you go to sleep?
Is your creative work your full-time job?
Do you wait for inspiration before you begin or do you begin regardless of inspiration? It works both ways for me. Inspiration and Manifestation have a symbiotic relationship.
How many hours a day, on average, do you do your creative work?
Depending on the day, 2-10 hours.
At what point are you done for the day?
I try to be done by 8 p.m. each night so that I can spend a few hours of down time before sleep.
Do you work primarily in the morning, afternoon, or evening?
Round the clock if left to my own natural rhythm.
Do you have a daily routine for your creative work?
Only as dictated by the structures of my life (parenting, clients, general adulting).
How does it start?
Wake at 7a.m., meditate, care for the creatures in the house, make a cup of coffee or tea and settle in at my desk.
How does it end?
In the late afternoon, I assess the day’s work and evaluate what, if anything, is asking to be completed that evening. Often after dinner I’ll go back to complete, rework, or polish what I’ve created.
Do you have a dedicated work space?
I have two different desks. One for visual work and one specifically for writing. I am also guilty of curling up on my bed or sofa with my laptop and dog.
If yes, do you have anything in your work space to encourage creativity?
My writing desk is very intentionally designed. It is a relatively clean space in the far corner of my bedroom in close proximity to my altar. My altar displays a variety of items which ease me into a very cosmic and connected space. To my left is a 6’ x 6’ image of the NYC skyline from across the Hudson River. It used to be my view before I moved to LA. On the wall to my right above my bed hangs a street banner from a Rauschenberg retrospective at MOCA. He is one of my favorite artists with whom I identify strongly. If I was going to name an artist who represents my sensibility in both aesthetic and process it would be Robert Rauschenberg.
How do you stay focused in a world of the internet, social media, interruptions, and other distractions?
It’s a very good question and an ongoing dance. I go through phases of feeling the need to be very connected and then needing to unplug. As with everything I lean into awareness. My meditation practice keeps me honest with myself. When I start to drift into habitual behavior I switch things up to stay awake, alive, alert, and enthusiastic.
How do you maintain your creative energy?
Nature is a big one for me. I get up from my desk and take the dog for a walk when I feel stale or stuck. Breathing fresh air, observing the way the palm fronds rustle in the wind, listening to the birds organizing their bird lives, these things immediately bring me out of myself and remind me of my humble little presence in the universe. Unfailingly, my creative channel is plumbed and the juices flowing anew.
What other activities do you engage in to encourage your creativity outside of your creative work time?
A bottle of tequila and live music. A soul-searching discussion with my comrades-in-consciousness. Time spent with my spiritual community.
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