1. Imagine a Big Space for you in your Art World
When i first started my career as a dance/theatre artist, a dear mentor had some advice.
“You have created a nice little space for yourself in the performance world, but that isn’t enough. It has to be bigger. Imagine yourself in bigger space, bigger pieces, performing to bigger audiences. Your energy needs to be able to fill a big space. Trust me, i know.”
I listened to her and simply journalled and moved forward boldly. 6 months later, I found myself working in Montreal, Ireland and Mexico. What a great gift!
2. Small Steps
After thinking about your Big Space, take a small step towards it. People often tell me that they don’t have enough time to create anything, to which i ask if they have 15 minutes a day. They often reply that they in fact do. At the end of a week or two, you will find that your energy has gone up, and that 15 minutes isn’t enough, so you take 30 minutes. And that, dear friends is more than nothing. You are closer to creating what you dream of.
3. Create a Practice.
Surgeons and Dentists have a medical practice.
Yoga teachers have practices.
Atheletes practice for months before the season begins.
Start a creative practice. There is a great myth that creatives are just born this way when in fact it takes a very LONG time to be able to pirouette across the stage like a graceful swan, to play the violin with meaning, to draw a perfect circle. It takes years of classes, hard work, and focus to get to where it looks simple. Take classes, seek out mentors, read books and surround yourself with inspiration, and most importantly of all, create a practice dedicated to your dream.
4. Reach Out to Others
I have always believe in the magic of reaching out to others. Go to shows, meet other artists and start conversations. Ask someone whose work you admire to tea and ask them for art advice. Send an email to a favourite author. You will be surprised who might agree to meet up with you! Find out about professional organizations. Go to art shows. Talk to friends who create on a regular basis. Soon enough you will find a community to call on when you are looking for support, advice, and comraderie.
5. Know what you want.
Some of my creativity clients simply want to have more art in their lives. This might mean finding a great class, an outlet for self expression. They know that art makes them happy, and they don’t want to give up their day jobs. The other half of my clients tend to be professional artists that make a living from their art. It’s important to know what you want otherwise you might find yourself putting undue pressure on yourself, or alternately not being focused enough to get your work done. Both have specific needs, and both are valid and wonderful.
6. Show the World Your Shine
My grandmother once told me that if you held what was special about yourself too close people would never see it. She said that you had to show the world your shine so that they would see and appreciate your own special brand of magic. This is important, because we often create in isolation, and breaking out into the world is scary. But part of the magic of creating art, for me, is that moment when someone sees your work and gets it. When it stirs something in them, when it kick starts some sort of conversation. And then the viewer is inspired as are you, which might just send you back to the studio with more desire to create than before!
7. Have Fun and Work Hard
Being an artist is hard. But finding a balance between magic of creation and hard work will make you a happier and more fulfilled artist.
8. Sharing is a Good Thing
Share your knowledge. Share your art. No need to share how you create how you make what you do, but simply sharing ideas and thoughts feeds the gigantic well of worldly art inspiration. And once you start sharing with others, you will be surprised what might come your way!
There are probably 20 more things that i could tell you about creativity, but to me, these are some of the most aspects of creative work.
In my work as a creativity coach, i feel blessed to be able to help others make their dreams a reality. Hopefully some of these tips helped you take a step towards your creative goals!