Being Fun Is One Of The Qualities Of Creative People
Yeah it is true that a quality of creative people is this that they wanna have fun and problems of quality and building an audience can be solved. All it takes is effort and education, and you’re certainly capable of that. Regardless of what you wish to learn, there are countless tutorials on the Web. Of course, as we just considered, some of it is very high quality, some not so much. Nonetheless, you have all the tools you need to figure this stuff out and make a good living as an artistic individual.
In fact, since I happen to know that you read articles on the topic to improve your skills, I can safely tell you that you have several distinct advantages over your less motivated brethren. The first and foremost is that you’re actually thinking beyond your art.
The problem with most creative creatures is that all we want to do is play. If you’re a graphic artist, you want to spend all day drawing. If you’re an actor, you just want to stand in front of the camera. Musicians just want to make music. Okay, there may also be some drinking and chasing of the opposite sex involved, but you get the picture. We just wanna have fun.
Lack of motivation is the single most debilitating affliction that you can have if you truly want to pay the bills with your art and not work a day job. It is also the most prevalent thing we have in common across all artistic disciplines. If you think because I’ve written an article about this sort of thing that I’m immune, I’ll be happy to have a serious conversion on the topic. But you know, right now I think I just want to go work on my next film, and then maybe grab my guitar for a while. Maybe later, okay?
There are moments in the creative process when most of us want to find the tallest building we can leap from. Having a vision and bringing it to life in the way we want is often frustrating. This is especially true if your art form is group oriented and you have to deal with all those pesky humans who tend to have their own way of looking at things and are willing to argue with you about it. Even so, that’s the fun stuff. We’re following the muse, even if she leads us off a cliff.
The moment you mention business or marketing to the average creative person, you’ll be lucky to finish the last syllable before they’ve exited the building. The dust will settle before your words have the chance to echo off the nearest wall.
This is a problem of two parts. The first is sheer terror. We tend to fear anything that we don’t understand. If you went to school for your art, chances are good they didn’t teach you a lot of business. If they did, there’s an equally good chance you cut that class to party with your friends. The second difficulty is that it’s boring. Actually, once you’re immersed in the noncreative aspects of your career, you’ll find that the business end is anything but dull. However, to most artists, if it’s not directly related to the creation of their art, their eyes glaze over. Right before they bolt for the door.
The business side of creativity can actually be a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. The first and most important step is accepting the fact that you and you alone are responsible for promoting your work. No one else will care about it as much as you do.
Being a creative is not just an activity. It’s a lifestyle, and that’s all the life that most creatives want. There’s also an attitude of entitlement that you’ll find in most of the business adverse. The general thinking is that we should create. That’s our part of the deal. Selling this stuff and bringing in the money? That’s someone else’s responsibility. Any time you point out that the real world doesn’t work that way, you’ll get a long lecture on how unfair it is. Of course, the last time I checked, the real world wasn’t fair.
Among the many problems with this attitude is the fact that it renders the creative completely powerless. Any time you hand over responsibilities to someone else, you also give up control. The end result is not only that you don’t have to do any of that scary business and marketing work, you also don’t make any money.
It’s easy to spot the artistic person at the local bar. He’s the one who will bend your ear for hours on end about how unfair his particular creative industry is and how he’s tired of always being broke. Of course, he’ll also ask you to pay for the drinks.
It’s sheer foolishness to tilt at windmills, insisting that the world be other than it is. If you have the power to change the world, that’s another matter. Creative people do have the ability to change their world. However, expecting most of them to do so will result in nothing but broken lances and smug windmills.