I enjoy reading biographies and appreciate writers who have taken the time to share their personal experience and inner thoughts. It helps me with my own introspection; brooding self-analysis and occasional navel-gazing. Also, the act of writing and thinking out loud as well as being more vocal has given me added confidence. In my head these things came together and I began to write my own book, here’s an extract:
“Here I sit, altogether Novemberish,
a Damon’s melange of Fretfulness and melancholy;
not enough of the one to rouse me to passion;
nor the other to repose me in torpor;
my soul flouncing and fluttering round her tenement,
like a wild Finch caught amid the horrors of winter
newly thrust into a cage.”
Why are creative people perceived as different from everyone else? And what’s so special about an artistic temperament? Having a disposition towards obsession and extremes of emotion, especially depression and anger doesn’t sound attractive or have an obvious value. Why do people want to become a creative and what keeps them motivated? Problems require creative solutions but where do ideas come from?
I’ve written about my personal experience as a designer but if you’re a design manager, an artist or a buyer, musician or technician, filmmaker or producer, performer or writer, marketeer or planner, strategist or UX architect you might have had similar thoughts and questions. I aimed to gain a better understanding of the creative spirit, instead, I discovered a contradiction. Creatives are bold but also vulnerable, they have a fearless sense of adventure but many suffer from poor mental health.
The creative economy touches every aspect of our lives. We have an insatiable appetite for products and services, film, television, music, performance, fashion, photography, publishing, architecture, advertising, and gaming. Technology has changed our expectation, we assume everything is readily available and easy. Consequently, consumers now value difference. They’re actively looking for quirks and novelty when choosing products, services, and experiences.
I haven’t included the creative work of scientists or engineers, as it tends to be analytical and deductive. Instead, I’ve focused on the less rational drivers of creativity; emotion and thinking that is divergent, spontaneous and free-flowing. Creativity which is subjective, based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions.
Oddballs, misfits, and geeks are the outliers. They are the ones on the edges who question and push at boundaries. They represent a sizeable chunk of the UK’s workforce. They’ve made a massive contribution to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and a meaningful contribution to society.
They’re able to lift the value of a business by innovating, entertaining, and enriching our lives. Being sensitive, unpredictable and human is their superpower. Making surprising connections and stirring emotions. They are skilled with imagination, drive, and playfulness; creating things and challenging expectations. We known them as creatives.
Being a creative is more than a vocation, they appear to see, think and feel differently to others. It’s personal; it’s who I am. The life of a creative is unstable, many work odd hours for poor or irregular pay. Creatives go from one project to the next uncertain of what the future will provide. Being constantly judged and having your work rejected is hard on the ego. Many suffer from depression or anxiety. The fragility of artists is accepted as part of the deal and we admire them for it. I’m curious to find out why.
If you’d like to read more then there is a finished draft. Right now I’m looking for an editor and any contacts in publishing. If you are able to help that would be great.
Get in touch using [email protected] or take a look at some colourful finches on Instagram @faddyfinch
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