Wadnes Castelly on Authenticity, Creativity and Creating Your Network Value

"Everyone has something unique they can offer and it goes back to identifying your talent and crafting it over time. You’re able to identify your talent based on the people your work impacts or the request you constantly get for doing things that naturally comes easily to you. Networking is all about adding value and that value could be anything."

HAS YOUR CHILDHOOD EVER INFLUENCED ANY OF YOUR VIEWS ON CREATIVITY?

My childhood has greatly impacted my views on creativity. Growing up in a small town in North Jersey I remember being selected to be in a magnet program in middle school for artistically talented students. Because of being in this program, I had the same classmates for three years so a bond was created that challenged my sense of creativity at an early age. Back then all we’d do would play basketball with dreams of going pro, watch anime shows like Dragon Ball Z and Naruto, and roast each other for our lack of a crisp hairline because $5 shape ups were expensive growing up. In every sense of the word I was forced to be creative just to outdo my classmates whether it was academically, physically through sports, or just being quick and witty with my comebacks. I think my childhood influenced how I view a lot of things now that I’m older.

HAVING THAT OUTLOOK ON CREATIVITY, DO YOU FEEL AS THOUGH OUR EXPERIENCES CREATES A FILTER FOR CREATIVITY? OR FUELS P