20Q Interviews

For five years Creativity Portal extended an open invitation to creative professionals at all levels to participate in our 20Q Interview series.

Between 2011 and 2016 Dozens of entrepreneurs, leaders, artists, writers, professors, teachers, coaches, therapists, performers, inventors, and others answered the call to help inspire others trying to figure out their own creative callings and career paths. Participants responded to our questions eagerly, thoughtfully, and candidly with their stories detailing the ups and downs of their particular creative and artistic paths, from where they came from to where they intend to go, and plenty of in-between.

These are their stories. Enjoy!


The Interviews


Anne Botsford
Retired College Professor and Writer


Anita Marie Moscoso
Writer and Poet from Washington, USA


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Nik Ridley
Executive Director for the Institute of Black History, Art, & Culture


Iona Singh
Artist & author of Color, Facture, Art and Design


Maggie Grinnell
Children's Picture Book Author


Charlene Jones
Life Coach and Psychotherapist


Luisa Toaldo
InMyOwnKitchen Chef


Leif Gregersen
Writer, Poet, Traveler


Shaik Ismail
Show Host, Stand Up Comedian, Inventor


Shia Lynn Toh
Copywriter, Blogger, Artist, and Crafter


Ken Hillberry
Kreative U Founder; Creativity Workshops Facilitator for Older Adults


Tanea Smith
Inspirational Speaker and Owner of She's Got Papers Stationery Designs


Charlotte Rains Dixon
Writer, Novelist, Blogger, Journalist


Stavroula Papadopoulos
Teacher, Writer of Books & Plays, Creative Language Workshops Leader


Andrew Utter
Acting Teacher, Stage Director in Los Angeles, California


Kadira Jennings
Artist, Art Teacher, Art School Studio Owner


Lorie Denhardt
Mom, Preschool Teacher, Crafter, Blogger


Karen Pilarski
Freelance Writer, Instructional Designer


Matthew Crowder
Head Idealist at IdeaSmart


Alyice Edrich
Creative Entreprenuer, The Dabbling Mum® Founder


Elisa Brown
Classical Soprano, Peace Seeker


Gina Quarles
Freelance Writer, Positive Change Maker


Maria Chatzi
Craft Designer, Jewelry Artist, Writer & Poet, Teacher


Juliette Jeanclaude
Dancer, Painter, Self-Expression Facilitator


Cherie Roe Dirksen
Self-Empowerment Author and Multi-Media Artist


Marcia West
Unity Consciousness Author, Speaker, Healer


Julie Hoyle
Writer, Spiritual Counselor, Natural Intuitive


Naomi Rifkin
Founder of Brush Fire Painting Workshops


Marjorie Sarnat
Co-founder of Jr Imagination®


Joanna Bennett
An Artist on a Journey


Shannon Ganshorn
Artist, Teacher, International Mixed Media Postcard Swap Organizer


Karsten Skyum Larsen
Retired, Volunteer Art Coach


Patricia J. Mosca
Artist, Writer, Author of Permission Slips for Your Heart and Soul


Tina Verduzco
Writer, Artist, Owner of 2gouls Ghost Tour Company in St. Augustine, Florida


Sylvie Branch
Artist, Writer, Teacher, and Proprietor of Cleveland's Upcycle Exchange


Jacqueline Dempsey-Cohen
Library Children's Specialist


Liz Krause
Marketing Manager, Italian Cook


Michael W. Roberts
Writer, Storyteller, Marketer


Susan Hornfeld
Writer and Storyteller


Laura Thykeson
Mixed Media Artist, Writer and Poet


Dawn Kotzer
Artist, Life Coach, Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach


Judith Westerfield
Psychotherapist, Guided Imagery Therapist, Therapeutic Creative Expression Facilitator


Deonne Kahler
Writer, Photographer, Business Owner


Cheryl Pallant
Author, Poet, Dancer, Reiki Practitioner


Bonnie Neubauer
Teacher, Artist, Inventor, Writer


Denise Wong Farah
Creativity and Life Coach, Artist, Writer


Ralph Dranow
Poet, Editor, Ghostwriter


Peggy Titt
Retired Behavior Management and Special Education Teacher


Kaspalita
Buddhist Priest, Counsellor


Cynthia Morris
Certified Coach, Author, Speaker


Michael Bungay Stanier
Head of Box of Crayons, Author


Jill Allison Bryan
Singer/Songwriter, Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach


Monique Shine
Amateur Writer, Veteran Thinker


Jacob Lett
Graphic Designer, Doodler, Blogger


Sherri Snyder
Artist, Painter, Psychotherapist


Jessica Goody
Essayist, Poet, Writer


Tameko Barnette
Author, Poet, Inner Healing Coach


Ed Glassman
Retired President of the Creativity College®


Tom Evans
Modern Day Magician and Alchemist