Thursday, September 10, 2015

Making A Creative Career: 3 Steps You Can Take Today

Creatavita is coming to you ahead of schedule this week, as I'm about to embark on an adventure.  My intention is to actually vacate.  We'll see if that happens!  I'll definitely be back in October.

This morning I listened patiently as one of my clients continued his ever-constant litany of career woes. That gig fell through, there's no work, he's under-appreciated by the business, blah blah blah.

His negative energy followed him around like a rain cloud over his head. He didn't ask for my advice.  He didn't want advice.  He needed to drop off the negativity and my studio was the safest place for him to do that. But here's the thing. He's got himself on the hamster wheel of negativity. I can't tell if he knows he's there and I definitely can't tell if he really wants to jump off. Yes, believe it or not, many of us love the wheel of negativity. Hey, at least we're feeling something, and usually, as we're rolling around, moving our feet as fast as we can, we get to throw the blame on some other source. That seems to feel better than accepting responsibility for this mess.



I know that feeling. I do. I felt it earlier this week myself. I know creativity can, at times, feel absolutely overwhelming.

So, after he left, to zap the negativity and get it out of my space, I took the time to ponder what possibilities exist for him. How could he transform the negativity into possibilities?  Possibilities that will probably lead to positive results?  Here they are, for you:

  • Find one opportunity.   Today, take 15 minutes and research one opportunity. Instead of commiserating with your Facebook friends about how difficult your business is, get out there and search. Search for another possible performing venue, submit your portfolio to another potential client, return to your previous of habit of checking your favorite audition callboard. Chellie Campbell, in her strangely helpful book, The Wealthy Spirit, calls it sending out ships. I love that image!


  • Set a reasonable.deadline. “I really want to get cast in a musical”, said one of my favorite clients. He's surprised himself with his success as a model and as a singer, so's he feeling pretty good, but....he has different dreams. So, set a deadline. Be reasonable. Creative business rarely falls out of the sky. If someone tells you that, they've forgotten the years that they worked to be standing in the right place when that big opportunity fell out of the sky. You have to plan, you have to be persistent and you have to be in it for the long haul. If you're new to the deadline world, try 6 months out. Write it down and tell someone you trust. Put a weekly reminder in your calendar. Then take one action that leads you towards that deadline.


  • DYI. Can't find a company that is producing the art that fires you up? Then do it yourself. I know at least half of you just moaned out loud. You also rolled your eyes and said, “Oh Heidi, that's so much work.” You are correct. But it is work that will make you feel alive. Work that will make you feel like what you have to say matters. Work that will make you think you are crazy. Work that will make you feel like you have never felt before. Work that will teach you so much about your relationship to art. Start small. One event. One song. One painting. One photograph. One short film. Grow from there.

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