Today we are talking all things creative! Last week we covered three women and their personal experiences freelancing in the creative industry. We met Jessica (majoring in communications), a social media manager who works remotely for a design company that involves multiple clients. We also met Kaitlyn, a freelance photographer majoring in digital journalism, who has prospects of moving to LA. And finally, Christine, a brilliant engagement and wedding freelance photographer majoring in business administration. They all contributed extremely valuable perspectives from the media world being females within that industry. I hope you felt as enlightened as I did from interacting with their viewpoints. In this week’s article, I have interviewed three more spectacular women who work on professional projects ranging from film to graphic design to social media management (even all three!).
Before diving into the meat of this hardy post, I would like to encourage you to pull out a pen or your smartphone notepad app because so much wisdom is to be found from these ladies’ genuine spirit and thoughtful words. They each bring such a compelling outlook to the online web-universe that excites any previous information given from the feministic perception of women in media. To receive a full infographic with all of the hacks from this Q&A session click HERE (you won’t regret it!).
Are you ready? Then let’s get HACKING…
“I am in a nine-month leadership development internship with North Point Ministries. I serve as an intern for the campus of Gwinnett Church’s high school group called InsideOut. My role has many aspects to it, including creative. I manage the Instagram account @gcinsideout and create engaging content for the students to interact with on the page consistently. Every month, I also contribute to the new series look and feel with graphics for the main slide, photoshoots if needed for promo, and lobby design. For an upcoming special event night we have in two weeks, I helped design some of the posters going up in the lobby as a photo booth backdrop! I love my job there and have so much fun stretching my creative limits and honoring God with my talents at the same time.”
1. Gather Pool of Inspiration
“I’m not your typical creative personality type. Usually people like me are more orientated towards business or something else with data, but I approach my art with an orientation to detail and a highly driven mindset. Whether it’s a collection of pictures or a color palette and font collection, I think a pool of inspiration helps because it’s how I gather and organize my thoughts and ideas.”
2. Make Time to Create!
“Even if you don’t feel like it or don’t have a project due, create! You never know where an idea could lead and it’s good practice anyway to get your mind thinking and innovating.”
3. Queue a Groovy Playlist
“I cannot focus on anything when I have a video in front of me, but I need some sort of background noise that will set the mood. I am constantly following friends, random playlists, and listening to music that I have emotions or memories attached to.
4. Do Something CRAZY
“If you’re down creatively or maybe before you have a big project due, do something really crazy and fun. Go to a concert and marvel at the amazing set design or lighting production. Drive to a cool view and look over the city, beach sunset, mountain trees, and just soak it all in. This world is so beautiful and there’s all sorts of things to pull inspiration from and set you in a creative mood.”
5. Clean the Messes
“I always feel my most creative when my room is clean. This may be weird to some people or foreign to those type B: spontaneous, creative types, but I need a clean room and organized environment in order to be productive. After my bed is made, my clothes picked up from the floor, my string lights are plugged in, I can sit down at my clean desk and start working.”
“I am currently a photographer/videographer for We Are SEU. We Are SEU is a group of creatives who create internal content for the Southeastern Campus. We believe that everyone has a story and we love to capture it and share it with others. Outside of We Are SEU, I take whatever opportunities that come my way. Whether that’s weddings, engagements, maternity photos, senior photos, etc.”
6. Be Determined
“I conducted a photoshoot in 2017 during my freshman year of college. My roommate and I went out to take an 80’s/90’s styled photoshoot and we had everything planned out. When we finished, I begin to edit the photos and for some reason I just didn’t feel satisfied with the results. It didn’t fit the vision I had in mind. Thankfully, my roommate was willing to go back out with me the next afternoon to redo it. We changed the outfits and locations. I honestly believe that that photoshoot was my best one that year. Being determined really helps bring your vision to life.”
7. Create Terrible Things
“Creating terrible things has helped push me out of that creative block. It’s helped me push against whatever resistance I may be feeling at that moment. You can’t sit around waiting for inspiration because sometimes it doesn’t just happen. You have to keep going. Get out of your comfort zone and push those boundaries. Diamonds are made under pressure and sometimes your best work comes through that process.”
8. Go for a Drive/Walk by Yourself
“I love taking the time to enjoy the beauty of the everyday life and let God reveal things to me. I also let my mind wander from time to time and see where it leads me.”
9. Journal your Feelings
“Writing down my emotions is another huge one. Whatever I feel in the moment, good or bad, I write it down.”
10. There’s No Right Way
“There’s no right or wrong way to be a creative. We can all be ourselves and be truly authentic. When I’m creating, I feel like I’ve been given the opportunity to take risk and try new things. It gives me the power to use my imagination and do something without boundaries. Someone once said, ‘Your imagination is a force that will grow stronger the more you use it.’ I truly believe that.”
11. Chat with Others
“Being a part of a creative community truly helps. I’m able to throw out ideas and get different feedback.”
12. Explore YouTube & Pinterest
“I love YouTube and Pinterest, haha (who doesn’t). There’s so much creativity and different perspectives on those sites, it’s insane.”
“I currently run the social media account for NFocus Studios, and partake in different shoots that come through the studio as a PA, Set Designer, Script Supervisor, etc. I also do freelance video work for weddings & short films on the side. With those jobs, I collaborate with clients to develop their ideas, shoot and produce a video, and edit the final product to their needs.”
13. Bask in Nature
“Getting outside really puts things into perspective and clears my headspace to be able to create. A technology-free weekend experience I went to, called A-Gap, was so healing and refreshing to me creatively, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. We had no distractions and just spent time in nature with people and meditation, which I think makes a big difference for a creative mind. Having the opportunity to shut everything off and be along with your thoughts helps to create space in your mind and heart to get bored and let ideas come to you. You have to get creative when you’ve got nothing else to do.”
14. Exercise your Other Creative Outlets
“I also like to physically do things with my hands like build something, pain, decorate, or clean.”
15. Take Multiple Breaks
“I have a problem sitting still and focusing on one thing for too long, so I have to take multiple breaks when editing or writing. I suggest giving yourself the space to get bored whether that means turning off all screens/technology, sitting in silence, going on a quiet walk, etc. I also heard a writer/producer say once that when looking for inspiration during a creative slump, instead of going to his medium of creative work (movies in this case) he looks to other mediums that he doesn’t work in like reading a book or painting. I think that’s a great way to jumpstart your right brain and think from a different perspective.”
16. Evoke Emotion
“I wanted to get into the creative industry because I think that stories can be really powerful, when told well. I love the ability to evoke emotion from stories that are real and raw. I think I felt most at my creative peak during my senior year when I was developing and producing my senior capstone film. Since I had the responsibility to write & direct the entire film, it really helped me put everything I had learned and dreamed about doing into practice. I also based the script off of a very personal experience, so I think creating from a place of pain resulted in a really beautiful and creative season of work.
17. Eye the Prize
“I really hope to be doing film work in London sometime soon in the future. I would love to design sets, put together the visual mood of films, and hopefully direct as well! I would love the opportunity to work on a couple of big sets, but I really have a passion for making short, creative, and impactful films whether that be writing and directing with a couple of my friends, or putting together a huge crew to develop an indie film. I would love to one-day write and direct a feature indie film, I guess that’s like a big thing I would like to accomplish. End goal is to be traveling the world making movies, whatever that looks like.”
Thank you for reading!
If you currently work in the creative industry to some capacity, I hope you were able to glean upon several of these helpful hacks. Be sure to stay tuned next week where we will be discussing how to direct mainstream content creation.