Being a ‘creative ‘is a strange thing. All at once a natural thing and simultaneously a completely forced thing. Being that to be a ‘creative’ (I can’t help but put it in quotes as the mere mention of the title is unsettling to me for some reason) and to thus make a living from said creativeness means that it is your job to do something when forced to do under constraints can be occasionally damn near impossible.
But such is life. If you want to turn your passion into a profit source it comes with the reality that it isn’t going to always be easy. That you’re going to work with people and for people that you don’t align with perfectly and some projects are going to feel almost impossible.
Being under an intense amount of stress and pressure lately has left me on the constant hunt for not only reprieve but also for inspiration. Many times when I feel like I’ve lost my mojo, my clarity; when I’ve ditched my silver lining playbook and I want nothing more than to put an end to it all and go to work for someone else, I hunt down a few of my favourite sources of creative inspiration and I swear, within moments, I’m reminded of why I’ve fought to make my business viable (and profitable) for longer than I’d like to admit.
Here are some of my all time favourite sources for some inspo:
Bri Emory of Designlovefest: I love her style, how open she is about her life without being melodramatic and that she really seems to be able to connect her creative passion with corporate companies, essentially teaching them how to properly market to her demo. We do a lot of the same things in our businesses but she’s so incredibly good at what she does that she’s a constant source of inspiration.
Marcus Troy: Ever since I was introduced to Marcus many years ago he hasn’t stopped being a great source inspo. In the world of Social Media where people and brands are just beginning to catch on, Marcus has been like the prophet, patiently sharing and teaching its powers years before there were proper and largely accepted categories and names for it. From his travels to his talks I have gained confidence in my work through his unabashed representation of his own.
As I have traveled and met with Marcus around North America it is my conversations with him that I not only look forward to most, but remember in detail for the longest.
Joanna Goddard: Before I was a mother I loved Cup of Jo for her style, her writing and a glimpse into what it might be like to be a mum. Since becoming a mother Joanna’s site has been not only a huge source of inspiration but also a big hug on days when I realize being a mum isn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be.
Who are some of your favourite sources of inspiration?