Being in the creative industry has all manner of pit-falls which can reduce how creative we are.
There is a lot of pressure from all sides to do things a certain way for particular reasons. Once we begin designing according to another person's plan then part of our creativity has been sacrificed. Sometimes it's a good idea to listen to and accept what a person is saying and other times it's a good idea to leave them to their opinions without taking them on board.
What we experience in life helps us to see new patterns and ways of applying our energy that make sense to us. If you are in the creative industry then you're also thinking about business sense. Inspiring people to pay for something artistic so you can eat makes it really attractive to take a tried and tested route. So where is the creativity? Finding a happy balance between doing what needs to be done and doing what has to be done is perhaps the most creative part of all. Here are some easy to do lifestyle suggestions that will ensure your creativity isn't starved out of you.
Why did you choose to be in the creative industry? It's a really difficult job to have because although not many decide to walk the path, many wished they did. This puts up a lot of opposition from day one, people become competitors even if they aren't making a living from creativity. We meet a lot of resistance. Making a living from creativity is difficult and it can be stressful, somewhere down the line, someone has to pay for it. When we forget that we actually enjoy this and we chose to do a job we enjoy for our own peace of mind, we can quickly become disheartened. Once this happens, we will stop being creative.
Have Creative Friends
So they might be competing with you in a crowded marketplace but that doesn't make them the enemy. We work better if we are content with being around other artists. We feed each other with ideas, when we don't preach at people or shame them into certain opinions, we actually learn a lot about life choices. Inspiration can't be forced. Having friends in the industry not only gives us access to creative minds in action, it also provides us with the potential to form cooperation concepts and loosely defined unions.
So learning how to do something prevents us from being creative in the first instance, maybe. Yet, if we learn something to a functioning level, as in to a point where we can actually make use of the knowledge in society, creativity is enabled. Wisdom is a powerful tool allowing us to take effective actions. These can all be used creatively to real effect.
Forget What You're Doing
We can become so tied up in our project that we begin to see the world only in terms of the project. We begin to 'project' the project onto everything around us, and this prevents us from seeing things in new and interesting ways. Sometimes we just have to put it all away and be someone else for the day. Often we have the best ideas when we are forced to adapt, when something happens that we didn't plan for or expect. These times won't happen very often if we're too focussed on one particular line.
Indulge In Arts
Surround yourself with the arts. Alternative Fruit is here for that very reason. Helping you to be more creative means providing continual inspiration. As well as the It's Good To Know blog, you can find other journals each with their own angle on creative inspiration. By seeing art made by others and acknowledging the ideas within them, we learn how to think about art in similar ways. We combine ideas and create an alchemy of concepts from the various things we see and enjoy.
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