Learning to live as a creative person within the 9 – 5 pressure of the day-to-day is the creative’s greatest challenge. Society tells us to stay within the lines, to play by the rules and protect our boundaries – while simultaneously, as creatives, we’re trying to live in the moment, follow our hearts and think outside the square!
As a creative person, our greatest strength is also simultaneously our greatest weakness. The fact that I am creative gives me great power of expression, but it means I often lack the focus and drive to express it completely.
So how do we do it? What’s the secret? How do we master the eternal dichotomy of the creative mind – living within a box while forever thinking outside of it! The principles that Jeff and Julie Crabtree uncovered for me in Living With A Creative Mind made it understandable and achievable for me.
As a full-time graphic designer and part-time, professional singer, I have found embracing my own contradictions and applying certain personal disciplines to be my ‘secret to success’. Graphic designers need to be creative to a deadline – they need to be organised and methodical, while simultaneously expressing themselves artistically. Singers as well, need be rehearsed and proficient, but also train themselves to stay unaffected by life’s ‘stuff’, so as to express themselves as freely as possible.
Of course, it’s possible to be creative without personal discipline – anyone can pick up a brush and create – but to be truly effective, you need to understand your own ups and downs. There are disciplines that harness the power of your creativity, and channel it into true, focused expression.