Enjoying the Creative Process
I am a graphic designer for film and television. This is my attempt to keep a record of my creative process and inspirations.
Enjoying the creative process is pretty essential to me. I have been learning to enjoy the highs and lows of doing creative work and not getting too caught up in where I am but concentrating on enjoying the creative process. I try to keep in mind there are going to be days my work feels fresh, new, and amazing and other days I just want to hit control (apple) Z and undo everything.
I get inspired all the time by living in such a diverse city, full of people who seem to be in that constant state of creative flux. It can be overwhelming to be surrounded by everyone experiencing such highs and lows on a daily, weekly and even monthly basis. I like to remember that it’s not about “making it” (success is a relative term) but more about what you are learning on your creative journey while not comparing yourself too harshly to those around you. If you are passionate about what you are creating and you keep diligently working on getting better I think you will be successful and can get through the pendulum swing of being an artist. Besides, when you finally “make it” you quickly learn that there are a whole different set of problems just over the rainbow to deal with. That pot of gold over there is just a prop filled with gold painted hockey pucks and that rainbow was green screened.
I thinks it’s possible that our ups and downs may teach us amazing life lessons that you couldn’t have learned without taking the risk of your creative pursuit. In my experience, I do my best work when I let go and stop trying to force something to happen. I might have to restart a few times but the fact that I won’t give up and my portfolio is never finished is what keeps me motivated to keep working on my projects. I have been a bit apprehensive to start this blog but as I have learned with any design problem the hard part can just be getting started. These posts will have some ups and downs but I will try to be fearless and write my thoughts.
Thanks for reading and just a little disclaimer: I am in no way a writer by any means. However in 8th grade when I did win the “America and Me” essay contest so maybe that gives me some motivation that I could manage to write a little blog post every now and again. To be fair, I picked Helen Keller as the person that inspires me most and let’s be honest… Hellen Keller always wins (I don’t care with the competition is).
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