Today we're going to focus on the heart of your creative BIZ.
You creative work! Without it you wouldn't have a business!
Like every other creative, you will have to take good care of your creative practice.
You will need to keep yourself inspired and rested in order to deliver your best work.
So this fifth part of the BIZ-Checklist is going to be all about fueling your creative motor!
So enough introduction, let's dive right into the fifth part BIZ-Checklist:
Do you have a studio where you can work uninterrupted on your creative work?
I know that in the beginning it can be hard to have a studio that is ideally designed for your creational work. And even when you already own your business for a while, it can be hard to find the right space to fit your needs.
I'm still searching for the right solution in our little town, but until I found the right studio for the right price I have to make the situation I'm in as good as possible.
So I want you to think about this too. What do you need in order to be able to do your work uninterrupted and easily?
Make sure to design at least a corner of your home according to you needs! I always like to keep my art and business separated.
So think about it, what will help you? Try out different settings!
Do you make pieces that aren't attached to any assignment?
As a creative we need to do work that is only meant for our own development! Try to regularly make stuff without an assignment attached! This will help you to stay fresh and energized.
You will also be able to show of new techniques, styles and innovative ideas. This will enrich your portfolio and will help you get new clients.
Do you experiment with new methods and techniques?
Try out new techniques and methods!
Fuel your experimental side and you will get a ton of new ideas out of it!
Especially when you’re struggling to come up with new ideas, try out something new!
Do you read relevant books, magazines? Do you visit relevant fairs and events?
By doing this you will keep your self inspired and up to date. You will get to meet new people in the creative world.
Through these connections you might get new opportunities to show or sell your work.
The best way to get into the creative world, is to start being an active informed member of the community. You don't have to travel to the biggest cities, but you might want to search for a healthy creative scene in your area.
Do you have contacts with creatives in- and outside your field?
If you don't have any contacts yet or you would like to get to know more people. Try to connect with them on live events, go to gallery openings, shop openings, got to cultural centers,...
Another thing you might want to try out is to connect with other creatives via Etsy teams, Facebook groups or other online platforms.
Do you work every day?
This is such a game changing thing! A few month ago I started to draw at least one drawing each day. Like for real, each day! Saturday and Sunday included.
I don't know where I’ve read about this, but the theory behind it is that when your work every single day, you condition your brain to be creative every time you sit down and start working. And the truth is, it has made it so much easier for me.
Getting started, sitting down and just work is so much easier since I’ve started this habit.
Most of the time I end up working much more!
Yes I did miss out on a few days, but I always start back up! So I think that as long as you don’t think about the break as failing or stopping, it stays easy to just go on again.
Try it out yourself, it could be something you might profit from!
Are you getting new inspiration regularly?
I can only recommend to search for inspiration as often as you can!
Go out into the world, write down what inspirers you, make photos, collect objects, books, magazines,...
When you have a hard time to come up with a new idea for your creative work, look through your collections, got to the places that inspirer you most!
Do you have any new techniques you would like to learn?
When I see a technique I would like to try out myself I make a note, so I can remember it for when I have time to dive into it. I try to learn new techniques at least a few times each year. It helps me grow in my actual medium. Most of the time I'm not going to use the new technique all the time, but it helps me to develop new ways to work with paper, ink and all the other materials I'm already working with.
So there you have it!
I hope this fifth part of the BIZ-Checklist helps you to think about your creative work more professional.
If this topic is something you would like to concentrate more on I would like to recommend the following books to you:
'the war of art, break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles'
'Turning Pro, Tap your inner power and create your life's work' Both from Steven Pressfield
'Manage your Day-to-Day: build your routine, find your focus, & sharpen your creative mind!'
edited by Jocelyn K. Glei,