One of the things most creative people have in common is that we have a very sensitive nature. And sometimes that sensitivity can transform into self doubt. We question whether or not we are worthy or even capable. It's especially hard when there are certain expectations from your audience. Creating anything is such a personal experience for an artist whether you're a writer, singer, dancer, sculptor, etc. You create something and if people don't like it, the first thing you think is they don't like YOU. But when you create something you have to disconnect yourself from it (much like cutting an umbilical cord) and allow people to experience it in their own way. What you create will NOT be for everyone but it will touch someone and even it if just one person "gets it", that makes it all worthwhile.
I'm a big fan on DIY (do-it-yourself) when it's actually something I feel I can do myself. But I think the Internet has falsely empowered people to think they can just pull up a YouTube video and do everything.
I know my limits. I don't care how many hair videos I watch, I still CAN NOT braid my daughters hair! And those makeup tutorials? I've ended up looking like a raccoon on many occasions. Do I need to tell you about putting tape on my fingernails for those cool looking nail designs and how all the polish came off on the tape? Please don't even get me started on my Pinterest fails.
However most of the graphic design stuff, I've been able to master and add to my own repertoire. Imagine that. I think people should work within their skill set. I've seen some entrepreneurs using apps and Internet based programs to create graphics and things are just. . .really bad. I get being on a budget. Trust me. But sometimes it's worth spending the extra money to keep a clean, consistent look for your brand it makes you appear more professional.
Besides, I think one of the goals of DIY is to NOT look like you did it yourself.
There was a time when the word "creative" was associated with people or professions that weren't taken seriously such as artists, musicians, dancers, etc. Creative people were considered a bit quirky and flaky.
Lawyers, doctors, accountants, teachers or even factory workers were considered to have respectable professions and parents encouraged their children to pursue that kind of work because those were "good jobs".
In college if you got a degree in an art related discipline it wasn't considered to be a real degree or the perception was that you somehow didn't have to work as hard as undergraduates in other programs. But fast forward to present day: What is one of the qualities that employers look for in new recruits? CREATIVITY. Some call it innovation or thinking outside of the box but it's really just creativity in disguise.
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.
I believe there are a lot of people masquerading as "creatives" because they have a talent for doing something "artsy". But is it really creativity? I don't think creativity can be learned, taught or faked. It's an inherent trait, something that exists in a person's DNA.
Creative people are ALWAYS examining experiences from the fringe and they are often accused of not being fully present because they are so deep in observation. The creative person's mind is always creating. They are always two steps ahead of everyone else, moving on to the next level. But artists, writers, musicians, etc. are NOT the only creatives. Creative people are solution finders. Creative people are survivors. Creative people embrace humanity. Creative people are open for new experiences and NOT tied to routines or the way "it's always been done". Creative people see things not as they are but as they can be. But most of all creative people create. They are constantly creating- music, solutions, words, processes, opportunities, curriculum, etc. Anyone can have an idea but only truly creative people can execute ideas. The word "create" means to bring something into existence and that's what creativity is all about.
Writer. Reader. Designer. Creative Spirit.
“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”