Tips For Staying Creatively Inspired

It’s important to feel the need to create functional, respectable art. Learn how to rekindling that once fiery passion for your craft from the pros.

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Let’s face it — we have to feel inspired to thrive in our creative flow. It’s important that we feel the need to create art and it takes even greater courage to create functional, respectable art. Rekindling that once fiery passion for your craft may seem nearly impossible when our motivation levels are that of a deflated balloon, though they’re there (and ready for action, baby).

Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel

1. Only Say Yes To Opportunities Worth Your Time

Opening yourself to integral opportunities that hold interesting, engaging project briefs will keep your brain on its toes. Not only will this open the door of possibilities for profound artistic expression but, better yet —  you’ll attract better, high-quality assets to focus on those more prominent and better ideas.

Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel

2. Go Beyond Your Medium

Our primary instinct is to explore within our borders in the medium of which we craft. Seeking immediate blunder with our familiarity is natural. However, the feeling of being stuck in quicksand is desperate for an extra push outside the typical grind. Taking inspiration from other sectors in your industry will create powerful and often surprising ideas for innovation.

If you’re a filmmaker, go to a science museum. If you’re a painter, read up on architecture. If you’re a photographer, attend a film festival. You can do anything you set your mind to, face towards a different direction you usually would.

Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel

3.Grab Yourself Some Life Experiences

Photography and filmmaking are a real-life depictions of a particular moment captured within a distilled frame. Creators’ work that reaches out to me the most are the ones that travel the world, catch controversial issues, and stay relevant to modern times.

So, go out and grab those stomach twisting memories you’ve been waiting for; your travels, relationships, joys, hardships, work schedules, likes, dislikes, and the little moments sprinkled in your everyday.

Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel

4. Crack Open A Book

I get that not everyone is some loveable page-turning freak like myself, but I think it’s crucial to find stimulus from a tangible entity. Take your eyes off of the screen and place your hands on something you can feel, hold, and love. It doesn’t have to be some ultra-creative fictional piece — perhaps you’re into pictures books, self-help tutorials, or dusty vintage magazines from your mother’s dresser. The very act of you reading this article on either your computer or smartphone suggests you are in need some mind play.

Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel

5. Adapt To a Schedule

The world’s most celebrated creators are hardly unique in their commitment to a schedule. Mason Currey’s excellent book, “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work,” surfaces this very topic as he discusses famous persons in their creative habits:

  • Maya Angelou rents a local hotel room and goes there to write. She arrives at 6:30 AM, writes until 2 PM, and then goes home to do some editing. She never sleeps at the hotel.
  • British Turner-Prize painter Chris Ofili awakes, washes face, makes phone calls, and stick to a minute routine of watercolor creation.
  • Photographer William Wegman wakes up at 7 AM, feeds his dog and doesn’t start work until he has his 20-mile bike ride.

Routines, of course, will look different to each person. It wouldn’t be my place to give you a step-by-step formula for attacking your greatness — though; I do believe that finding the willpower to create meaningful work means doing it on a consistent basis. Unveiling your inner majesty means working at it time and time again.

Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel

6. Just Do The Dang Thing

If all you are doing is waiting for the perfect “ah-hah!” moment to arise, then you would have wasted that vital energy you could have fostered into creating a project. Even when not a single drop of hope ensues, show up at your station and get the work done anyways. This mindful practice of active expression will catch endurance to spark a step in a direction that’s right for you. Conducting personable, meaningful art means having a good work ethic through creative problem solving and persistence in ambition. Seek accountability, set goals, and do the dang thing.

Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel

Finding the groove to stay creatively motivated is merely a fraction of the overall artistic process. Don’t wait for a celestial permission slip to grant you generation access; instead, pull from living experiences, practice active mindfulness, put in the hours, and work hard. Exercise your mind and heart with books, relationships, and whole-hearted opportunities because, guess what?

You’re worth it.

You’re worth anything and everything you set your mind to.

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