Creativity is the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of artistic work. Many of us can consider ourselves creative beings. Working in our field is a creative job compared to others. Being creative helps you become a better problem solver, develops confidence, and relieves stress.
During the past few weeks, many of us have been practicing social distancing and quarantined in our homes. During this time, it is very important for us to stay creative while working from home. Here are four tips you can exercise to help keep your creative juices flowing.
Work on a Passion Project
A passion project is a creative project of your choice that benefits yourself. Work on an album. Score music for a short film. Write a book. This is the perfect time to work on a project that brings you inner joy and happiness. I am currently working on creating an instrumental EP.
Find Inspiration Online
I am usually inspired when I leave my home. Exploring the city, working a gig, and hanging out with other creative people. Now, I am getting my daily dose of inspiration online. I find watching motivational videos, reading books, and creative positive affirmations inspire me. Seeing others’ creative work can help inspire your next creative project. On Social Media, follow accounts that inspire you and encourage you to be your best and authentic self.
Never Stop Learning
Continuing education is important. Never stop learning and being a student. There is always new gear and software to learn. This is the perfect time to research, read, and practice new skills you’ve been wanting to. Some companies are offering free online seminars as well as software discounts. Resources can be found here. I am currently learning Vectorworks Spotlight and Dante.
Many times, we can talk ourselves out of a creative project. Negative thoughts such as “It’s not going to be good enough.” Or “I don’t think I can do it.” We can turn these negative thoughts into positive thoughts and positive actions. Just start. Overthinking is not needed when working on a creative project. Free yourself from self-judgment and see where you go. Enjoy the process.
Creating is important to many of us. I hope these tips can help you on your creative journey during these hard times. I recommend reading the book The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield. We can all win our inner creative battles.
Alyasia Muhammad-Turner: Alyasia is a freelance sound engineer and musician, currently based in Atlanta. Her work consist of running FOH for local Atlanta artist, teaching flute lessons, and editing podcasts. Alyasia’s goal is to continue education and training for women, non-binary, and LGBTQ+ in STEM fields. Alyasia will be blogging about Mental Health and Music Education. She holds a BS in Recording Arts from Full Sail University. As a high schooler, she studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, obtaining college credits studying Contemporary Music. Her love of music and science fuels her passion and creativity in the audio industry. She’s empowered by the community SoundGirls has created and hopes to help pave the way for others. In her free time, Alyasia enjoys making playlists, roller skating, being a dog mom, and volunteering at her local LGBTQ+ homeless shelter.
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