Candid Conversations: Creative Differentiation
May 16

Candid Conversations: Creative Differentiation



For our very first Candid Conversations, we unpack how to stand out in a crowd in a way that distinguishes you and your work from everyone else. We will explore how our speakers have found ways to differentiate their talents, their creative work, and their businesses by exploring the following questions:

  • How do you make you and your business stand out for the right reasons?
  • When should you pursue an idea and when should you put it on the shelf?
  • How can trends and tensions be used to strengthen your ideas?
  • What strategies and tools are available to you to communicate what makes you unique?

Moderated by David Gauntlett (Canada Research Chair in Creative Innovation and Leadership), we'll be joined by Sy Blake (3D Modeller, Guru Animation Studio), Romeo Candido (CBC Arts, DATU, Prison Dancer), and Miracle Kerr (Miracle Management).

Following the panel discussion, join us for a session on knowledge mapping, networking and a guided conversation that digs deeper into the theme of creative differentiation in a small-scale, intimate workshop.


Please see the agenda for the day below:

6:00 - 6:30 PM  Doors Open + Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Framework
6:45 - 7:45 PM  Panel Discussion
7:45 - 9:00 PM Knowledge Mapping + Guided Conversation
9:00 - 9:30 PM Mix & Mingle! + Optional Launchpad Tour


David Gauntlett is Canada Research Chair in Creativity at the Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, Toronto, where he leads the Creativity Everything lab. He is the author of several books, including Creative Explorations (2007), Making Media Studies (2015), and Making is Connecting (2011, second edition 2018). He has made a number of popular online resources, videos, and playthings, and has pioneered creative research and workshop methods. He has worked with a number of the world’s leading creative organisations, including the BBC, the British Library, and Tate. For 12 years he has worked with LEGO and the LEGO Foundation on innovation in creativity, play and learning. 


Sy Blake is 3D Artist with a background in Graphic and Product Design. For many years Sy has worked to bring to life unique representations of black identity through his skills in 3D character modeling. Sy has collaborated with Toronto Based artists and companies like Adidas Canada to help bring his characters to 3D print. When not working on his own creative projects and collaborations, Sy works as a 3D Modeller for the award-winning Guru Animation Studio in Toronto on the show 'Paw Patrol'. 

Romeo Candido is a writer, director, musician and producer. He is the senior producer for CBC Arts and CBC Arts: Exhibitionists which has been renewed for its fifth season. He is the series director/producer of the half-hour comedy Second Jen which was nominated for a 2018 CSA for best television comedy series. He is a writer on the upcoming Netflix sci-fi drama Another Life starring Selma Blair and Katee Sackhoff. His transmedia musical Prison Dancer will be making its Canadian theatrical debut at the Citadel Theatre in 2020, and his band DATU released their first album High Blood on all music platforms.

Miracle Kerr is the Founder and Agency Director of Miracle Management. Noticing the lack of representation within the media, Miracle focuses on representing talents from diverse backgrounds. Throughout her time in the creative industry, Miracle has worn many hats from creative project manager, model, actor, agent, manager, and producer. Miracle utilizes her time to work closely with her diverse roster to build brands that transcend the title of model, actor, or artist. Focusing her time on entrepreneurial endeavours, networking at Toronto’s exclusive events, expanding the roster, and developing or collaborating on projects to exercise her creative muscle.


Launchpad Learning offers tiered pricing to support creatives of all levels of experience and stage in your creative practice. You are encouraged to select the option that best reflects where you are in your entrepreneurial journey: early, emerging, established, or intrapreneur. Launchpad members enjoy 25% off registration fees! Register now! Space is limited.

About Candid Conversations

Candid Conversations is Launchpad Learning's new, mixed-format learning series that goes beyond the panel and takes an honest look at the broad themes related to your creative practice.

Want to learn more?

If you're inspired, do a deep dive into the lessons learned from the discussion through follow-up workshops offered in ways that put the focus directly on you and your creative practice.

Friday, May 17, 2019
Create, Don't Compete: Value Creation through Differentiation
1:00 - 4:00 PM / Starting Price: $30.00

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Get Dirty with... tahsin the good
6:30 - 9:30 PM / Starting Price: $40.00

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.


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