The world is full of keys and locks. Having the right key is important if you want to be able to do something creative. Without this key or keys you can find yourself locked out and unable to progress. This can be very frustrating and not good for your creative spirit. Finding the key to achieving your aims is never easy. I hope that the following suggestions may help.
Sometimes the key is learning a new skill. If you don’t know how to do something that is vital to your creative area you will never progress. I found this with tapestry weaving. As I have mentioned in a previous post, there were certain tricks that had to be learned to be able to do weave anything I wanted so I did all I could to master these skills. It always pays to keep acquiring knowledge in your field, as learning is a key to excellence.
Often the key is finding the right person or persons to help you and for joint or group collaborations. It is often difficult to get anywhere without connections and support. “No man (or woman) is an island”, as the saying goes so don’t isolate yourself. In any creative field working with others can expand your opportunities and is much more enjoyable. With music Ellie and I belong to a ukulele group. It is a place where we can play and learn together, as well to gain support for each other’s song writing and performance. This type of help is very important for anyone working in a creative field and it is good to join industry support organizations where you can get advice and assistance.
Another key to doing well in your creative field is gaining experience. There are many ways to do this. Volunteering for a local community group. This will probably mean working for free, but it also means that if you are new to the field, organizations are less likely to turn you away. Our ukulele group has performed for community groups and at a festival for free and it has helped us gain experience with live performance. I also volunteered before getting a job in a creative field. I paid my dues by working voluntarily for over a year in various organizations before I gained a full time job. The work experience made the difference.
I think that a major key is to make sure that you enjoy what you are doing. Without that element of fun it is harder to be produce fresh and innovative work. Maintaining enjoyment may sound easy but when you are doing something all the time it can sometimes become repetitive and lose the fun aspect that attracted you in the first place. So you need a way to keep feeling excited.
In this regard other committed, enthusiastic people are invaluable. Talking with your fellow creatives can give you more motivation. Looking at the work of creative bloggers is also very inspirational. So is doing a blog of your own. Taking some creative classes to get out and mix with others can revive your interest. I have been thinking about doing some life drawing in the winter because I am a bit rusty in this area. It is something I don’t do all the time and will improve my skills, as well as get me out with other artists and stop me from stagnating.
So don’t feel like you’re stuck and getting nowhere. There is a key for every lock. You just need to find it.
Keys without locks
Locks without keys
Not meant to stay closed
Forever to freeze
Work out the secret
Find the right key
Open the door
A new world, a fresh breeze