As the days get shorter and colder and 2014 steadily makes herself a reality,  I've been in need of a boost of energy and inspiration to close this year out strong... a (loving) kick in the pants, if you will. So, I've started to compile speeches and interviews by creatives, visionaries and weirdos that inspire me. The "Kick In The Pants" file will be updated throughout December. Check back and take what you need!

Jess

Oprah Winfrey Harvard Commencement Speech, Class of 2013 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMWFieBGR7c&w=560&h=315]

Ava DuVernay delivers the filmmaker keynote address at the 2013 Film Independent Forum

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pFoBks5ly0&w=420&h=315]

Any of the talks from the National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture (hosted by #ArtsFwd)

VirtualSummitPost

A Public Dialoge Between bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OmgqXao1ng&w=560&h=315]

Jenifer Lewis' Advice To Young Actors

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iqPdYeZ5ko&w=420&h=315]

Austin Kleon's talk "Steal Like An Artist" @ TEDxKC

  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oww7oB9rjgw&w=560&h=315]