Finding Inspiration as a Creative
By Jazmyn Brown
As a creative, it’s easy to get burnt out and get stuck in a mind-block. Whether you are a graphic designer, a photographer, videographer, content creator, painter, tattoo artist or another type of creative, you should have different creative outlets to grow and expand the way you think about creative ideas. Go outside of your comfort zone, try something new, and watch the creative ideas roll in.
Podcasts are an excellent avenue to explore creative ideas. There are so many different podcasts that can truly inspire and engage you within your field. For example, I am a content creator so I tend to listen to podcasts that deal with content creation and the new trends in social and digital media. Wherever your specialty lies, there are at least three podcasts within your area. You just have to go out and find it.
Attending workshops and personal development events will not only connect you to others in your field, but also surround you with others that think differently and are at different levels of their career. Everyone can always learn something new from another person. Branch out and research what upcoming personal development opportunities are coming near you.
Take advantage of written work
I subscribe to Skimm, a daily newsletter that keeps me updated on national and world news. How does a newsletter open my creative mind? By reading a daily newsletter or a weekly blog or reading a chapter of a book a night, this gives your creative mind a rest and allows your imagination or intellectual side to be engaged. Oftentimes this doesn’t have to be blogs or books necessarily within your field. Reading, no matter what the topic is, engages you and gets your creative juices going.
Creative ideas outside of your space
I am not a visual person which means if you told me to design a logo on Photoshop, it would take me approximately 10-15 years. Just because I am not a visual creative doesn’t mean I can’t use design to expand my creativity. However, I can go to an art museum or browse inspirational photographs on Pinterest to get my mind going.
“There is only one of you in all time. This expression is unique and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost” -Martha Graham. Don’t get stuck in a creative rut. Find new avenues to explore the creative space. Take your creativity and start a new path of discovery because creatives never run out of ideas, they run out of mediums to express their ideas.