I’ve been a strange “creative” my entire life| Roxanne Merket

I grew up in a really musical family, but I was also really into sports all through high school. For me, this was a great indication that I had some balance in my life. Not everyone saw it this way, though.

I was the first chair in orchestra for years, but when my extracurricular string quartet (of which I was a founding member) realized basketball season had started, they demanded I choose my basketball team or them. The decision was easy - I picked the area of my life that accepted my strange balance of worlds. Basketball won. Orchestra lost. And since that moment, My creative life has been out of balance.

I’m constantly trying to find a creative balance in my life. I never seem to have enough time to write, dream, explore, play, doodle, cook…

If I were to truly give myself credit, though, I’d discover I’m approaching creativity all wrong.

What creativity ISN’T

I’m of the belief that to find out what something is, it’s important to define what isn’t. There’s a great thread on Quora about the opposite of creativity, click here 

Daniel Demidov generated my favourite answer: He said the opposite of creativity is automation. “Creativity can't exist without automation because being creative means to take a different approach from the norm.”



This rang true to me. Even people like myself in creative professions find automation to be a way of life. It’s necessary. If we had to think about every step of every routine, we’d lose it. I’m certainly not suggesting we stop automating processes. On the contrary - I think automation is critical to finding new ways to expand creativity. However, it’s finding a break in the monotony of automation that generates those glistening, remarkable moments of creativity.

One of my favorite quotes, sometimes attributed to Einstein, says “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

I think about this quote when I’m struggling with creativity. Creativity isn’t repeating someone else’s genius. It’s finding your own path. I’m creative in design and my sister is a brilliant songwriter. We’re different kinds of genius, but we’ve both discovered there’s a genius in ourselves, just like there’s a genius in all of us.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t look to others. In fact, looking to others helps you avoid the mistakes and paths already made, building on their experience to generate your experience. Creativity is using the assistance and inspiration of others to further grow and develop whatever it is you do - design, music, art, business, fitness, cooking, etc. Sometimes it’s looking where you wouldn’t expect to find a new light in the automated darkness.  

Creativity can't exist without automation because being creative means to take a different approach from the norm.”

What creativity IS

Creativity is defined as “the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.”

My favorite part of that definition is the word “imagination” - how often do we forget that part of creativity! IMAGINE!

Sometimes I feel like I can only be creative when I’m doodling with a pencil on the back of a grocery receipt. Other times the creative juices only flow when I write. These moments are so few and far between that I get discouraged and wonder if I’m losing all my innate creativity.

Then I remember where my creativity is really shown -

  • In finding a new seasoning combination at dinner
  • In teaching a new skill to a child in a new way
  • In writing a letter to a friend
  • In switching photos around on my wall
  • In driving a new way to a familiar place

These “bursts” of creativity aren’t really all that special, but they build momentum. And that momentum is huge when it comes to pushing past the failure that is constantly upon creatives.

The thing is, we’re all creatives. We’re all geniuses.

I was creative in my orchestra just as much as I was creative on the basketball court. I found new ways to move around the post just as I found new ways to articulate a phrase.

Finding creativity doesn’t necessarily mean quitting your job and painting all day.

Finding creativity means trying a new workout, figuring out a more efficient way to generate a report, or writing one extra paragraph a day.

Push past the apparent failure in creativity by looking for those small bursts of creativity. We all have them - we all create in so many ways throughout the day.



How did you create today?

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About the Author

Hi! I’m Roxanne Merket. I’m a graphic and web designer, musician, adventurer, and founder of TextMyJournal. I founded TextMyJournal with a simple goal: to help people tell their stories. I believe our life stories are made up of small, seemingly insignificant moments that, when combined, create a beautiful story of who we are and how we got there. When I’m not working with TextMyJournal or designing websites, you can find me exploring the Pacific Northwest with my husband and daughter.

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“Jennifer Antonio, the creator of “Creative Boundless’  who refers herself to Boundie” helps others to peruse creative mediums while being active . With her tagline, she hopes others see the benefits of doing activities you love without boundaries. She focuses on art, fitness, travel and entrepreneurship so you can have the best life ever :)”



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How Trauma Taught Me Never to Fear Failure| Rose B. Fischer

I been loving the blogging community and meeting wonderful people. Especially Rose, she's amazing and you can learn so much from her. I'll let her story explain who she is-Boundie.


I've been trying to tell the same story for 24 years.  I started it when I was sixteen.  I'm turning 40. The thing has gone through so many versions, revamps, do-overs, and restarts that it's hardly recognizable.

The first version was about an abused child who was rescued by a vampire and grew up to be the greatest monster-hunter of his generation.  It was really about my life as a survivor of child abuse.  Later versions kept the same themes, but the story evolved as I grew older. I lost interest what was essentially a private wish-fulfillment fantasy, and I learned how to use and subvert genre conventions.  The last version I started was pretty awesome.  It did some things I’ve wanted to see in the vampire genre for decades.  But I still couldn’t pull it off.

Why isn’t it working?  Why is it so hard? Why do I keep making what feel like obvious mistakes and not seeing giant plot holes?

I don't freaking know.  Maybe I’m still too close to it.

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Could I give up? Move on, write something else?

 

 

Well, sure.  I've done that before.

 

I've written and published a serial.  I have two non-fiction books, a successful blog, and drafts of several big fiction projects that are waiting to be revised and published.

My hard drives are littered with stories that never made it out of the planning phase, half-done drafts I don't know what to do with, and other junk I wouldn't show you if you paid me a million bucks.  Maybe two million.  Probably not.

But there's this one project that I keep coming back to.  It keeps derailing, blowing up in my face, and generally being not right no matter what I do with it.

I hate the sucker, but I can't leave it alone for long.  If I do, I feel empty and without purpose.  The life drains out of me.  I know I will finish it someday.

Then there’s the book I wrote in 2004, still sitting unpublished in a binder.  The digital copies are all on floppy disk.  Are you old enough to remember those?

That story was about a cyberneticist who was secretly being abused by her husband.  Again, it was drawn from my life.  I was in an abusive marriage.  The plot of that novel was a convoluted mess with subplots about mental illness, spiritualism, child sexual abuse, and I don’t know what else.  

When I got to the revision stage, I realized what a disaster the book was, and couldn’t figure out what to do with it.  After several months of getting nowhere, I knew I had to move on.  Will I go back to it? Maybe. Probably. I don’t know. My feelings change every time I think about trying it again.

I wanted to start a blog about my life as a creative exploring different art forms for years, but I thought, "How can I run a blog? I'm not an expert in anything. How can I put myself out there as someone who knows what I'm doing when I just bumble my way through everything and every project is a process of screwing up the same idea 100 times before I accidentally figure out how to make it work?"

Growing up, I was lucky to make it to school most days.  After my divorce, I put myself through college.  I struggled with PTSD, dissociative tendencies, and depression.  I spent my college years in “survival mode,” so the few writing classes I took didn’t benefit me much.

When you experience trauma over a long period of time, you spend years afterward trying to “catch up.” Intellectually, you may have missed important parts of your education.  Emotionally, you’re fighting a daily battle to interact and function in ways that others take for granted.  Yet while your mind and emotions are still recovering, you have to keep going forward in your career.  So I always felt like I was “faking it.” I knew that I was a talented writer and artist.  I was good at what I did, but I didn’t know how to do it.  I didn’t have the benefit of “real” training, and mostly I just blundered around until I figured stuff out.

Finally, I realized that everyone's creative process is like that. My examples may be more extreme than average, but everybody learns by trial and error.  That’s the only way to do creative work!

My folder full of stalled ideas, my unfinished novels, and my Flickr account full of textures I made from the ashes of digital art work that didn't go the way I thought it would aren't actually failures.  They're the documentation of my self-discovery and the roadmap of my creative life.  They're the stepping stones that have lead me to who and what I am, and all the knowledge I've gained about writing or art has come from them.

There are 3 things you can do with failure.

  • You can beat yourself up and stress out about what you wanted to accomplish and all the time you've "wasted."

  • You can work yourself into exhaustion or paralysis with self-criticism and fear of being judged.  

  • Or you can cut yourself some slack and realize that mistakes are the best teachers in the world.

 

 

I’m choosing #3.

I'm a scifi author, so let me give it to you in nerdspeak

Repetition and practice are how our brains learn. Each time we practice a skill, our brains re-encode data along the same pathways, so that both information retrieval and physical response become easier the next time.

So, a failure isn't really a failure at all.  It's just an exercise in learning a complex skill-set that your brain hasn't mastered yet.  The more practice-hours you log, the more you’ll learn and the easier it will be for you in the future.

/nerdspeak

Which lesson are you most likely to remember? The one that came from an easy success early on or the one that you had to earn with blood sweat and tears? The lessons that take the longest to learn are the ones we humans will ultimately value the most, because we remember them better and because we had to work hard for them.

There's a reason that my most deeply personal stories are the most difficult to write.  They mean the most to me, and they have the most to teach me.  I can't release them into the world before they're finished with me, and so they take more time.  The lesson I’ve learned from wrestling with my trauma history as I bring it into my art is that making mistakes or failing are good things.  If I can recognize a mistake, I can learn to correct it.  It doesn’t matter how many times I start over.  Each one is an important part of my learning process, and ultimately my art will speak for itself.


Share this with your friends if they need help with failure their life. They might need it. 


About the Author

Rose B. Fischer is an avid fan of foxes, Stargate: SG-1, and Star Trek.  She would rather be on the Enterprise right now.

Since she can’t be a Starfleet Officer, she became a speculative fiction author whose stories feature women who defy cultural stereotypes.

In her fictional worlds, gender is often fluid, sexuality exists on a spectrum, and “disability” does not define an individual.  She publishes science fiction, science fantasy, horror, and biographical essays.

Contact information:

Website/Blog: http://rosebfischer.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rose.b.fischer
Email: rosebfischer1@gmail.com

Twitter: @RoseFblog



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What Does Creativity Actually Mean?

We have always heard about the term ‘creativity’. Many people say, “I don’t have a creative mind.” The fact is that we’re all born with creativity. Well, most of the parents tell their children to be creative while doing any sort of work. What do they actually mean by ‘being creative’? Let me explain the term ‘creativity’. 

 

Definition

“Creativity is the ability to do/create something new from our own imagination.” 

Imagination is an important factor in creativity. According to Einstein, “Logic will get you from A to B but Imagination will take you everywhere!”

 Creativity makes us stand out in a line of ordinary people but not everyone is creative by default. 

Then one question arises - Can creativity be learned?

The answer is - Yes! But you have to work on your skills everyday to sharpen your creativity.



Explanation

To create something new, we need creativity & imagination. Many famous scientists believed that creativity has a lot of importance in everyday life.

Let’s consider an example - A teacher told his students to draw a picture of him while staring at a tree. Students quickly grabbed their pencils and started drawing his picture. There was one student who was not drawing anything, just looking at his teacher. Maybe he was lost in thinking about something. After about 30 minutes, he grabbed his pencil and started scribbling.

The other students were trying to draw picture exactly as the view. But, the other student was doing something different, he wasn’t even looking at his teacher while drawing.

 After some time, he started to fill colour in the picture. Finally after 1 hour, the teacher said that the time was up and told his student to show their drawing. The teacher began to inspect the drawings one by one.  Almost every picture was incomplete.

 At last, he saw the picture of the other student. He was surprised because the drawing was way different compared to the others. His style of drawing was astonishingly graceful. It was a colourful drawing filled with a lot of creativity. When he asked about the secret behind the drawing, the student said he spent the first 30 minutes thinking on what he can do differently. This is what I call "creativity". Doing something different. 


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 Conclusion

In short, creativity is something that makes you special than others. It requires thinking and imagination. Everyone is born with creativity, you just have to maintain it when you grow up. We have to work hard each and every day to sharpen our creativity. That’s it! Good luck with your creative journey ahead! Hope you have liked the article. I write about creativity and checkout my blog to explode the creativity in you! 


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“Tejas Mayekar is a passionate blogger who teaches people about being creative. His mission is to create a world where everyone single person lives with a creative mind.”

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How to Make Time to Create Every Day

You might hear the term “Creative Living” and think, what’s that? Or perhaps you’re wondering how someone can live creatively? Is there a difference between living creatively and living? Yes! There is. And the difference is this: creative living is purposeful living. It is living with intention. It is being mindful of your time, your space, and yourself. To live creatively means to engage with creativity every day. Yes, that’s right, I said every day. It is totally possible for you to be creative every day of your life, and I’m going to show you how.

 

WHAT DOES CREATING EVERY DAY LOOK LIKE?

First, let’s quickly take a look at what creating every day DOESN’T look like: To create every day doesn’t mean you need to spend three hours painting or writing or completing blog posts daily. You do not need to have a profession in the arts in order to be creative. You do not need to attend art school or take a creative writing class at your local college.

A trap a lot of us fall into (and trust me, I’ve fallen into this trap plenty of times myself) is we believe in order to live creatively, we have to have these huge ah-ha moment all day long. We need that bolt of lighting to just hit us and become the next Picasso or Hemingway. OR we believe people who live creative lifes are living in Paris, drinking coffee and painting or writing all day long.

Nope. Nah. Not even close.

Want to know what creative living really is? Engaging with creativity on a daily basis means making small pockets of time throughout the day during which you can be creative. It means taking your everyday activities and making them special, making them creative with small twists. Making time to create every day means...

  • Journaling for ten minutes every morning before you hop in the shower.

  • Drawing or doodling at night as you wind down from the day.

  • Taking your phone with you when you go for an afternoon walk and snapping pictures of everything and anything that catches your eye.

  • Driving a different way to work every day for an entire week and experiencing the newness, the unfamiliar roads, and the unexpected buildings you may pass.

  • Reading a book in a genre you’ve never read before.

  • Spending your lunch hour to learn a new language.

  • Taking yourself on artist dates, such as finding a new coffee shop or hunting for art in your hometown.

  • Trying out a new DIY decor for the season.

You see, it’s the little creative moments that build up over time that enrich our lives with creativity and purpose.

 

ESTABLISHING CREATIVE ROUTINES

One of the easiest ways to create on a daily basis is to make creating part of your routine. Do you ever catch yourself saying something like, “I need to find the time to…” or “I’ll do that when I find the time”? The problem with using the term “find” instead of “make,” is that we never really do find that time to create. Or we only find time to create every once in awhile or maybe only on Saturday nights. If we, if you, really want to create every single day then you have to make the time. But don’t worry, I’m going to show you just how easy this is.

You see, at the end of 2014, I was feeling frustrated about my lack of piano skills. I had taken lessons off and on since I was eight years old, but I never made playing the piano a regular practice. So as I sat down to think of my goals for 2015, I decided that once and for all, I was going to play the piano every day, and I was going to improve.

And guess what? I did just that. For an entire year, I played the piano every day plus I leaned thirteen news songs (something I had never managed to do before). How did I make this happen? With a routine. Just one routine. A very simple routine too. And if you want to make the time to create every day, then you also need to establish a creative routine.

I’ve gone into great lengths about establishing a creative routine in this post here, so I won’t reiterate all the nitty gritty details, but simply put, routines helps you creative every day because you are establishing HABITS. Habits that you repeat one after the other so you no longer have to remember to create, it comes to you as naturally as brushing your teeth or eating breakfast in the morning.

Here’s an example of the routine I used last year:

walk dog + yoga + piano 10 min + shower

Yeah, you read that right: I only played piano for ten minutes a day and still managed to engage in creativity each morning and increase my piano skills.

Think on it: What routines do you already do each day? What are some habits you already have in place. Before I added piano to my routine last year, every morning I would walk the dog, do yoga, and then shower. Those three habits were already in place. Because I threw “play piano for ten minutes” into the middle of yoga and shower, it was much easier for me to not only remember to practice every day, but to follow through with playing every day.

 

BUILD A CREATIVE SUPPORT TEAM

If you are serious about embracing creativity every single day, then you need a support team. It doesn’t have to be a huge support team. Heck, it may just be you and one friend, but just like a buddy can help us stick to a diet or workout plan, a creative support team is there to help you stay in tune with your creativity and hold you accountable on creating regularly.

 

Where can you find a creative support team?

Bring it home first. Is there anyone you live with (family for instance) that can become part of your creative support team? Do you have any friends you see regularly who are also creative and could use support themselves?

If not, take it online. I have been amazed at the number of friends I’ve made through Twitter Chats and Facebook Groups. What’s nice about internet groups is a group of creatives like you are coming together to discuss their creative processes, their concerns, their hopes, their goals, etc. Through participating in Twitter Chats and Facebook Groups, you can find other creatives to connect with and from there, build your support team.

Kayla Hollatz hosts the Twitter Chat #createlounge Wednesdays at 8pm EST and is the master of building online communities. If you’re new to Twitter Chats, I recommend checking out these posts from her:

How and Why to Join a Twitter Chat

How to Make a High Volume Twitter Chat More Intimate

Twitter Chats for Creativepreneurs

Meanwhile, Melyssa Griffin runs a Facebook Group called Blog + Biz BFFs and focuses on helping those in her group make connections with each other and collaborate with one another. Read her post on the top 9 Facebook Groups for creative entrepreneurs for more Facebook Group suggestions.

 

How do you build your support team?

Focus first on getting to know people online. Don’t rush in and invite someone who’s never heard of you to join your support team. First, follow them on social media and engage with them. As you get to know each other better, reach out and let them know you’re looking for some accountability partners and wondered if they’d like to be part of your support team (or mastermind group, as some prefer to call it).

Once you have your group together, create a goal for how often you will “meet.” Stick to that goal. I recommend meeting at the least once a month to discuss creative pursuits/goals that you’ve achieved, you are currently working on, and you hope to start soon.

I want you to make a goal today, right now as you finish this post: Start living a creative life. Push aside the myths you’ve been told (and probably believed) about creative living and start engaging in creativity every single day. Set up your creative routine now. Schedule in creative goals each day for the next week. Start looking for your creative support team and make real connections with other creatives who fall into your niche. I guarantee if you put in the time, before you know it, creativing every day is going to feel as natural as living.

 

About the Author

Emily here. I’m a writer and blogger who creates content for creatives (bloggers, writers, artists, crafters, and awesome people). My belief is you are creative and you shouldn’t have to struggle to live your artistic dreams, so I create products that help you reveal your true creative awesomeness. I want you to wake up each day excited to create. I’m here to show you how to do just that so you can finally say goodbye to fear, resistance, and perfectionism for good.

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The Blessing of Street Art | Paradoxical view By Jennifer Antonio

 

PAINT YOUR FACE

I remember walking downtown in Winnipeg, my home city. Even since I been little, I had a hard time accepting the beauty of it. 

People would say, “Winnipeg is great, we get four winters” or “Winnipeg has many festivals” and “the city and people are beautiful”.

Some of you who may know, Winnipeg is in Canada where the landscape is dull. Just land you can see miles a way. Also, it gets bloody cold! Aside from this year being warm; temperatures are usually -40 or colder. 

That’s not all of it, Winnipeg has a high crime rate with a lot of drug use. 

The ones who decide to take drugs or who are in gangs like to take down the city and mark their “territory”. It is very frustrating where beautiful places get “drawn on”.

But is this only perception?!

Yin-Yang

You’ve probably heard the term “yin-yang”. Personal Tao explains this concept from their article “What is Yin Yang” as a symbol that represents the completion of two halves coming as one.


Enjoyed the article so far?!? I will keep you posted when it gets published in STIG magazine :)


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3 steps to feel at peace| Audio| CreativeBoundless

Hey Boundies!!

Every time I encounter a new person or an acquaintance, it always seems as if they have negative words to stay how I live or how they live.

However I realized it's no one's fault by our own. 
Here's a mini audio (5 min) that briefly talks about 3 simple steps that will make you feel at ease with yourself. 
I did this because for sensitive people (including myself) usually think of the worst situations.
Enjoy!
-Boundie

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“Jennifer Antonio, the creator of “Creative Boundless’ atwww.creativeboundless.com who refers herself to Boundie” helps others to peruse creative mediums while being active . With her tagline, she hopes others see the benefits of doing activities you love without boundaries. She focuses on art, fitness, travel and entrepreneurship so you can have the best life ever :)”


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Creativity Eliminating Labels

 

PAINT YOUR FACE 

Experiencing different careers leads to different view points of a person’s “expected” role.

I’m assuming you have seen a businessman before. Typically a male working in some sort of industry that accumulates a lot of income. Let’s say he’s working for the honda dealer ship. He probably has a great house, wife and two kids. They always go on vacation. A lot of people like this particular businessman and consider him a man with high prestige. 

Now, let’s change this situation around. Let’s pretend that this man is a construction worker. He works long hard hours, possibly living in a low costly apartment with his two dogs. He had maybe a few girlfriends, but they always leave him. He fights with the landlord and never pays his bills on time. 

Let’s stop there. Isn’t it interesting how the same man can instantly change? Putting the same man into a different career labels automatically gives us assumptions how his life is, what people consider him and how he actually might be treated. 

Though, these are all stereotypes. What if the businessman was actually living the life as the construction man where he was the one only working hard hours, living in a low costly apartment. Compared to the construction man where he could be living the life of his dreams. What if these people we’re actually girls? Does that change the situation?

“What if these people we’re actually girls? Does that change the situation?”

Creativity is an important skill to master. If we don’t take time to acknowledge it’s benefits, we start assuming a people’s life. We should use creativity as a skill that over looks a person’s social status and realize we are all the same. 

Creativity is linked to our skill levels of the right side of the brain, which has the greatest capacity of finding a common ground. With the book ,”Drawing on the right side of the brain” by Betty Edwards states that creativity helps with perception that finds a mutual understanding of visual and verbal information (right side of the brain).

When a society opens up to creativity, they see no more than similarities. Nothing separates us but the labels and levels of professions that we think is more “valuable”. 

When you look at the world through those different “labels’, we treat everyone according to that label. What’s fascinating is you can change your whole life around by distinguishing your profession. 

As an artist, I’ve had the privilege to witness different social status’s coming together through different mini career’s I do on the side, which I label as “unique”, “different” and “entertaining”. 

Magic

My first career that I’ve started at age 7 was magic. After 15 years in the business; you see everything. You are the witness of ever show and audience. You have the “label” on controlling the audiences reactions. You decide what they should see. 


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In the meantime....

Exercises you can do to embrace creativity and remove social labels: 

  • Take pictures of different people in their uniforms and draw them the same colours
  • Take those pictures and write the exact same life style for the same occupation
  • Pretend you are the president of your country; write laws for your country and make sure they are applicable for every person where the occupation does not matter
  • Talk to a group of people in different industries and find similarities. Make your own collage how these people have similar roles and lifestyles. 

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“Jennifer Antonio, the creator of “Creative Boundless’ at www.creativeboundless.com who refers herself to Boundie” helps others to peruse creative mediums while being active . With her tagline, she hopes others see the benefits of doing activities you love without boundaries. She focuses on art, fitness, travel and entrepreneurship so you can have the best life ever :)”

 

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How important is our imagination?| Interview| CreativeBoundless

For artists who may have either lost all hope of their practice, remembering art is for you to grow your interpretations of the world. 

For many individuals including myself, it isn't the fact if people will understand your interpretation of the art work that you created; it's more of expanding your creativity with the tools you have, the images you see and how you do your own collaborations.

"It isn't the fact if people will understand your interpretation of the art work that you created; it's more of expanding your creativity with the tools you have."

I met another new artist named Michael Scott. Through talking, we noticed a simple trend that artists sometimes fail to meet; the continuous expansion of exploring your mind.  Michael is a self-employed artist who's been living and working in Aberdeen, Scotland. He discovered artists such as Salvador Dali and Gustav Klimt during secondary school that inspired to be involved in art. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and spending 6 months in Tokyo, Japan teaching english; he discovered philosophies of Daoism and the emphasis of living in harmony.  

Through his many other discoveries, he appreciates other artist who offer a passion and enthusiastic approach of pushing themselves to higher levels of achievement. Thus, Michael uses this as his inspiration to express different forms of artistic creation and expression, whether it's music, dance or painting. 

We both agreed that it's essential to learn different ways of breaking the barriers in our minds so we can  keep creating different forms of art. Michael reported, "Art brings people together and allows them to share a mutual appreciation and participate in a community of like minded people. Art definitely has the ability to trigger emotions in people and convey a much more powerful message".

Thus, here is a scenario expressing the valuable skills of understanding what art can do for you as an artist, plus the emphasis of expanding your mind. 

The Interview...

People underestimate the brainpower of art. Do you feel art is a growing intelligence? 

I definitely feel that art is something that is open to anyone, it's a matter of how committed you are and how far you wish to go. I don't believe that artwork or painting for that matter is something you are born with. I remember back when I was a kid, we had these large rolls of industrial printer paper. Me and my brothers, would roll the paper along the floor and spend hours drawing pictures of our favourite video-games characters. I truly believe that I got to where I am today through dedication, perseverance and inspiration from others.

Because you agree art increases our intellectual capacity, how does that advantage you to create new pieces?!

The first thing I consider, when starting a new piece of work is the composition. The composition is key, in my opinion and can be the difference between a good picture and a great picture. I then logically plan my approach and decide what techniques and mediums I will use. When it comes to painting, its easy to get lost in what your doing. Sometimes it's beneficial to take a step back and rethink your approach and see if there is a better way to do things.

" When it comes to painting, its easy to get lost in what your doing. Sometimes it's beneficial to take a step back and rethink your approach and see if there is a better way to do things."

By creating new pieces, do you agree that the imagination is important today?!

A vivid imagination is the origin of most of our beloved stories, movies and music. A vivid imagination is key to thinking outside the box and truly realizing your intentions to a greater degree

Can you explain the benefits of allowing yourself to have an imaginative mind?

People with a vivid imagination can envision their goals and aspirations, giving them the benefit of truly seeing a comprehension of their work before they have even started. It also allows them to push the boundaries of originality and circumvent from anything that has come before.

Hence, do you find that "art" and the "imagination"  compliment each other?

I feel that art and imagination go hand in hand. Art is subjective, it's open to interpretation. Art is a great way for people to express their imagination and truly show their creative side. I feel that art lets me express a side of myself that cannot not be conveyed through words. 

In Summary...

Allowing an artist to be proud of their imaginations is a blessing. Some feel they are not up to standard or forsaken their art work. Instead, creative individuals should only embrace and expand their possible new creations that only inspire and unite others. 

Here is an article showing the positive effects that even showing art work not only helps with expanding creativity in work, but also productivity. 


About Michael

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Michael is an self-taught independent artist who uses art in all aspects in his lIfe. This includes income, creating gifts to inspire others and help them through commissions work. He is a firm believer that it's important to help other people achieve their goals and to continuously collaborate to creating something extraordinary.  Through his discoveries of the  philosophies of Daoism and the emphasis of living in harmony; he uses these themes in his work. He enjoys studying how light is portrayed in nature through luminous effects and how it correlates with colour. Connect with Michael by visiting his site. 


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Can everyone draw? | Interview with Jacob Chandler | CreativeBoundless

I been pretty active on social media lately, and I have found some very unique individuals! This following fella is named Jacob! He creates very beautiful sculptures. Jacob, the self-taught artist has always had a passion for art. Oddly enough, his family is quite like the unordinary. His father is an award winning designer with a history in silversmithing; his mother is an art teacher and his brother works in film and television. By his environment, his surroundings inspired him to create art. 

Jacob truly understands the hectic lifestyle of an artist, living with some of the frustrations and myth's people may define an artist. Though, it's easy to overcome some of the misconceptions, we both agreed with one difficult argument; everyone expects to draw "amazingly" right away.

Jacob pointed out that people assume you are just born with an artistic talent. Thus, people forget that art is a skill. Yet art is a skill that generally takes time, practice and constant learning. 

On the contrary, here is an interview showing a scenario how we can teach others how to create art; giving a person to chance to develop their skills. 

The Interview begins....

Do you think people assume their abilities in art?!

Yes. So many people say to me 'art is the one subject I couldn't do' this to me is painful to hear. Art is the one subject people just expect to be able to do, you wouldn't go into a maths lesson and expect to be able to just sit down and do complex calculations, you have to be taught and to learn. It's the same with art, yes some people will have a natural talent, this is again the same as any other subject, it's just easier to see when people are naturally better or worse at art and I feel this scares a lot of people off. I don't claim to be excellent at drawing or painting but it's something I work on and I can see improvement with each new piece. You can't expect to sit down and draw like Leonardo. If you look at different artists and different techniques, I'm sure there will be one you find more intuitive, focus and develop this. All art forms link into each other.

Truth be told, being in a class in the best way to develop your skills in art. Let's put you as the "teacher". If you were teaching a class, how would you get your students to be more creative!?:

I would tell them to explore different media experiment with different techniques and find something you enjoy. Art is about passion, you need to have a connection to the work you are doing if you are going to have a passion.

I would get them to explore the diverse range of existing artists. There is a huge wealth of creatives out there ready to be discovered. For young children who feel 'art just isn't there thing' it's only because they haven't found something they connect with. Some people will like the more classical painters such as Degas, others will have to look for other inspiration, this could be like for me a fascination with sculpture, or even something such as Tattoo illustration; art is subjective, everyone will have some form of art they like.

During a class, the most effective way to adapt a skill is taking action! In class, what elements would you teach your students to open up their creativity?!:

I feel like teaching is the wrong word to use, creativity isn't taught, creativity is something everyone is born with! Children aren't afraid to be wrong, this freedom to try without such a worry about the consequences allows a freedom to be creative. This concept is beautifully developed on by Sir Ken Robinson in this TED Talk,  which talks about divergent thinking.

I would explore tests on divergent thinking, I would want them to see that allowing your mind to be free from as many constraints certainly within creative subjects helps learning and creativity. So in terms of teaching there is nothing to do, I would just nurture what is already there.

Now resulting back to you as a constant learner, what was your moment that made you want to pursue art?!:

I still recognize the realization that I wanted to be an artist came at Gormleys 'Lost in Space' exhibition at the Hayward, at that point art became alive for me. There also was a sculpture park in Coalbrookdale being taken round the park and being allowed inside the building to see the maquettes of Roy Kitchen, that led to enormous powerful sculptures gave me a wonderful insight into how the process worked at a very young age.

With my sculptures, I try to capture the most dynamic part of an energetic action. The tipping point where the figure is at full stretch and most taught. This fraction of a second is more often felt rather than seen but I hope to capture it for all to contemplate and enjoy. Steel is the perfect medium for this as a strong linear framework can be made with very little material; this creates enough of a picture for the piece to have a recognisable figure but leads enough to the imagination, you take out what you put in and you can take something different away every time you look at the pieces.

In summary....

Art is a skill that usually needs to be taught. If you are worried that you are not great, don't give up. Through this great conversation with Jacob, stimulating your mind through constant exercises will open your thoughts to your creative skills. Where it was mentioned above, learning is the best way to strengthen your artistic abilities. 


About Jacob:

Jacob is an figurative sculptor who works in steel and other metals. He does strengthens his horizon by exploring other mediums through different techniques, subsequently; metal is where I feels more alive. He is influenced by cubists, futurists that is seen in his work. Below is Jacob's site! Check it out :)

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Are “artist style’s” important?! | CreativeBoundless

When you look all over social media, you see art is spreading like no tomorrow. I really feel the tenseness of the competition. Your not sure where your talent stands. I’m on so many different Instagram pages and everyone is usually like...

“You are so unique”

“You have a great style”

“I haven’t seen anything like it” 

This isn’t just social media, this is at galleries too. Going to all the galleries, every person is just really different and offers so much. Galleries are good to distinguish all the individuals. 

For a person like me, and maybe you; this tenseness is a little overwhelming. You may be asking, “where do you start, my art is great”. 

And honestly it probably is, however the panic feeling of being unsure if people will, "like it" isn’t really the issue. The issue is if it communicates YOU. Than the right people will appreciate it. 

I went to the Manitoba Arts Network, and the director gave me some valuable points. If you go anywhere, they always give you guidelines on what galleries owners, or what others are looking for! THUS, no matter what they say, you just need a really good theme (some what to the what the gallery want) that interests you. Once you have an interest the theme will communicate a message, and that will be your style. 

No style usually means no originality or individuality. People are usually good at knowing if you really put time and effort into anything. 

What is an artistic style?

 Explaining a style is a little weird to define. That's because you are the creator of the style. Defining a subject is always controversial, though Living With Art, Rita Gilbert describes it in the must generalized and unique way. “Artistic style is the sum of constant, recurring or coherent traits identified with a certain individual or group.” Basically saying, a style is your way how you perceive a medium, technique and inspirations that you create through imagination. 

The travelling show is a great example of an "artistic style" in action. They aren't pursuing the type of art that uses a paint brush and paper, but they pursue music. They combine rap and modern beats that inspire them and others.

The importance

Now going back to my little story. A style is important because people know it's you! When you add your perception of other ideas, no one can be better than your own creations. Of course there is adaption, but that's an adaption. It's a whole new style. A style that helps your expertise and uniqueness! 

You want to be an expert in what you are doing. If you don’t have one or many styles of some sort of profession, people may question your authority. 

You want to be the expert on how people see your way of combining certain colours, or how you see the chemistry of people, objects or landscape working better in one scenario compared to another one. 

If you are feeling over whelmed, you shouldn't. When you find a style and are being honoured for uniqueness; people are appreciating your train of imagination. IF you are not there, than here are some guidelines that will help your style.

1. Studio time. To find any inspiration, you need to have that block of space for you. it's essential to do this. Maybe one hour a few times a week will get some of your imagination rolling. 

2. Get out there. The best time to find inspiration is leaving your home and look around your city. I bet your city is beautiful if you look far enough. You may be surprised with the art around you.

3. Communicate. Talk to other artists and see how they found themselves and their perception of their style. 

4. Have fun. When you haven't found your style yet, experiment. That's how I found out I prefer painting portraits. I thought I would hate painting, but I realized I loved it. I found it easier to blend colours and make it more realistic. 

I feel my style s expressing darker qualities, with realism/ playful paintings with defined lines. 

I feel my style s expressing darker qualities, with realism/ playful paintings with defined lines. 


Jennifer Antonio, the creator of “Creative Boundless’ who refers herself to “Boundie” helps encourage others to peruse the creative life style. With her tagline, “Keeping the artists active” hopes that others see the benefits of doing activities you love without boundaries. She focuses on art, fitness, travel and business so you can have the best life ever :)

How art aids with other hobbies | June Bug | Interview | Creative Boundless

Hey Boundies I hope everybody is doing well! Holidays are finally behind us and everyone's routines are going back to normal. WOO. Especially myself. To start the new year, I thought I introduce you all to a very awesome artist! I met her at the, "Manitoba Art Expo" ( a show and sale that is held in my city, which is located in Winnipeg.) and she is insanely talented. I was amazed what she does. She creates beautiful glass work, illustrations and does graphic design too! 

I really value her work because she is living the artist dream and I really wanted to find her point of view for others who are unsure how art would benefit them, besides it being a hobby. Art can do many things for people, and I want to show that being creative can help you! Especially in the workforce!

The older people around me, including my parents work corporate jobs. They say creativity is essential, but I do see misconceptions that it's a waste or useless. I want to change that or give at least an eye opener that art can do many things and that it's not only for children. 

Likewise, here is June's interview. Must say, a very talented women who has been in the industry for 30 years. 

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#1: What's your definition of art ?

My definition of art is any means of creating a visually pleasing creative concept that evoke emotion in the viewer. To share a little piece of your personality, soul or emotion with the viewer. To tell a story or to mark a period in time in a visually creative way. 


#2: Why do all (or most) occupations need (might need) art for their company?

I personally feel that art in the workspace is great for personalizing a company. To show the public a little about their personality as a company. It also is good for moral and inspiration if the right piece of art is chosen. It’s comforting and welcoming. 

My office, for instance is surround by my favourite artwork from acrylic paintings, sculpture, collage, fabric art, graphic design posters, my own graphic design and as well as my own glass work. I am surrounded by artwork that inspires me and that lets me drift off into my imagination if I need to take a break. Not only that I have a large picture window that features the best artist of all… mother nature. All the things fuel me when I work. I can’t imagine an office without them.


#3: Do you think art/design has been more encouraged or discouraged in the work force?

Coming from a creative field of work, my own space and previous workplaces have always had artwork on the wall. So this doesn’t really apply to me, but having been involved as a board member for Art Expo and trying to gather the attention of larger companies to invest in artwork, it’s difficult. There are a lot of budget cuts and one of the first things to go is the money set aside for investing in artwork.


#4: Should everyone do art?!

Creating artwork is a great way to relive a lot of stress. It gets your brain thinking. It makes you look at things in different ways. It pushes your imagination. It is also great for the community, because it brings people together in real time. It opens things up for discussion, gathers people for classes to learn.

So many people are embarrassed to start creating. They don’t think they are good enough or they lack the talent. They may think it is a waste of time. This should not be the case. Not everybody will be showcasing their art in a gallery, that is true, but the benefits of creating the artwork for yourself is what should be most important. 


#5: What three occupations do you think need more of art?!

Healthcare, to relieve the stress they are under. Also to comfort patients with visual stimulation, so they forget where they are for just a moment. Hospital rooms need artwork. Having spent so much time in the hospital with my family members, the rooms are very depressing.

I think any high stress occupation can benefit from artwork in the workplace. 


#6: Does art help you in your career?

Art is all about my career. As a graphic designer and glass artist, I need to be surrounded by visual stimulation, so it can fuel my next idea, wether it be from artwork on the wall to books on art, to internet surfing. I can’t imagine life without it. It makes me happy.


Thanks for reading the interview! June is incredible, make sure you visit her site! Also, does your work place allow you to persue art?! If not, do you think more places need it?!?! 

-Boundie


Jennifer Antonio, the creator of “Creative Boundless’ who refers herself to “Boundie” helps encourage others to peruse the creative life style. With her tagline, “Keeping the artists active” hopes that others see the benefits of doing activities you love without boundaries. She focuses on art, fitness, travel and business so you can have the best life ever :)

Why blogging has been fun so far | Creative Boundless

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Hey Boundies!

I’m starting to see lots of traffic on this site, and it’s awesome!

Wanted to keep you posted with all the cool stuff that are coming your way!


 

1. Youtube Account is on it’s way. I haven’t started one yet because I am unsure if I want to make this fitness or art. I mean I could do both, but I haven’t found a strong enough platform yet. Also I kind of want to wait until this site has a better design and a good basis of community :)

 

2. E-book. You creative people need to eat. All you youngin’s need to eat. Me too, we all need too. Food is amazing :) My best friend and I are creating a do-able, simple easy e-book. 

 

3. New page. I’m working on a gallery page were I will be selling some art work and/or helping artists do there’s too. 

 

Got all that out of the way. Since I started this blog, I thought it be a good idea to give my opinion on blogging and what you can learn from me. This is all opinion base, so please give me your thoughts and opinions of your experience

 

1. It’s fun

I personally love it. Once you find what to write about it, anything you can write is endless. It’s also fun because you can have crazy disucssions and meet others that you haven’t met before!

2. Writing

People who struggle with writing can benefit from blogging. Through experience, I feel I’m getting a little better, faster and more efficient. I’m able to recall new words easier too!

3. Helping

I have found that I been able to meet so many people. Especially helping them by checking their blog posts while they visit mine. 

4. Hectic

The hectic lifestyle of blogging is entertaining. You are worrying if people will like it, hate it or if you even give a damn. But than you realize it's fear talking and you don't care. 

5. Competition

Blogging is competitive. But I don’t take it as a horrible thing. I think of it as a hobby I should of done before. Thus, I enjoy to seeing what is currently popular and what isn’t. 

6. Learning to market

Through competition you know what people like. Also you see how they cater to others. Through other bloggers, I read and see how they interact. This has shown me what type of language to use and how to use it in my blogs.

7. Networking

The obvious one, but I enjoy the networking aspect; encouraging many to read my blog posts. Also promoting others work to on twitter. I love twitter, blah it’s addicting.

8. Deadlines

You kind of feel like you run your own journal or newspaper. You always need to make sure you have new content per week. It’s teaching me to be a little more promising when I say I’ll write a new post. 

9. Time

I’m never bored. If I have free time, I’m looking for new content, or reading new blog posts. I’m also excited to either write or read. It’s great to know I’m using my time wisely.

10. Knowledgeable

I’m learning more about the blogging world, the media world and the topics I discussed. It's a great way to further the newest technology that I didn't know before. 

 

Thanks for reading, what's your favourite aspect about blogging?! Would love to hear your thoughts:)

Share, subscribe and comment :)

-Boundie

You are too busy | Creative Boundless

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Hellooo active artists!

 

It’s holiday season and I feel it’s probably a hit for everyone. As a side job I do a little retail. In my little retail job, I notice every consumer is just busy. Busy for gifts, work and the change for the new year.

All the new changes seem fun?! Yea well not so much. A lot of consumer’s I notice are just annoyed, following the “holiday routine”....losing the spirit of giving. Which all results of a more busier routine. For example, getting the gift for your partner and spending $1000 on them. Or for your cousin, you agreed to do a secret santa. And for your work events, you may be spending money on drinks, food and small gifts for everyone. Me, myself I’m spending gifts for the volunteers I volunteer at. 

 

I'm really feeling that pressure to be the best gift person ever. It's almost like your life dwells on it. I feel that tension with people, the stress and frustration. Also, because I been working on my business, I'm going to have to leave shopping for Holidays last minute. 

I thought holidays meant.. you know holidays?? Holy-day.  Being holy to yourself, enjoying others? Well here in Canada anyways. 

No what, I realized there needs to be a fun perspective on this. Not really for me, but I realized this needs to be looked at by everyone. I call this week...#Busyweek! But a FUN busy week. Like that? :)

Let’s make this busy week fun! Get that shopping list for others and destroy it. Get busy by making your own gifts. Be the active artists you are and make a gift. 

("Real Simple" has great ideas to get your inspiration going for the holidays! )

 

(Also, I think as busy people we kind of lose the meaning of the holiday with in our culture. Here's a recap to understand what holidays are suppose to mean)

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Tweet me @JennAntonioArt and tag the word #busyweek and let me know how you are changing your "busy" lives to a more positive, eventful or creative one :)

-Thanks for reading, Boundie :)

Btw, HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 


Information for beginners- Lisa Solomon Interview| Art| CreativeBoundless

Hello Boundies!

It's been a month since the launch of this site and I thought it's good time to share information about the experts in the creative field; especially for people who don't know too much in the industry. I been communicating with a fantastic artist and has been very responsive. I thank her again for taking the time to participate in these discussions! 


This lovely artist is Lisa Solomon! Living in Sunny California, she has been doing art since 1995! Her art is extremely fascinating. Through the collaborations of craft, masculinity and femininity, and the research of science; she collaborates wrong objects together to make some neat art! 

Since I been communicating with Lisa, I decided to ask her some questions that could inform others how the art world is and how to they can expand their practices. 

 

1.  What are your current inspirations?

I always find this question really hard to answer. I’m inspired by a million things – the weather, the shifting light, my kid’s drawings, food I’m eating, my artist friends, we just fostered a couple of monarch butterflies and they flew off this morning. That was pretty amazing. right now we have orchids and lilies in our house that are inspiring me. Also a former student gave me a gift yesterday that is amazing. It’s called the dictionary of color combinations by sanzo wada – it’s so beautiful 
 

 

2. What is the art world lacking?

I don’t know. I think the art world is pretty diverse – there’s room for everyone – and you are able to find things that you like and you don’t like. 

 

3. Do you keep a budget with the resources that you use? 

it really depends on the project. I mean I know how much money I have and what I feel comfortable spending on a project, but some require more funds than others. I always weigh my choices… but ultimately I feel like you can’t be that concerned with how much it costs to make artwork. If it needs to get made, then you have to find a way. 

 

4. Do you or how do you involve yourself with the community?

Yes ! Community is super important. I go to openings, I visit my friend’s studios, I go look at shows. I also feel like social media is a big community. I love seeing what makers are up to on instagram and the like. I really feel lucky in that I have both a local and international community – people I can turn to for support, advise, honest feedback. Working in the studio by yourself can be lonely so it’s nice to feel like there are like minds out there… also making.
 

To Conclude:

I hope you enjoyed the mini interview with Lisa Solomon. Anyone that is new into the creative world should understand the necessities to grow as an artist. Like many, involving yourself with the material you have access to is the best way to excel as a beginner.

With the buttons below, I left some links for you to check out that refer to more about Lisa. She's truly incredible! Please add your thoughts and your success in the creative industry below in the comments section :)

-Boundie

 



"What is the 3-rule and what it means?! | Creative Boundless"

 

 
A, B, C
Mind, Body and Soul.
Physically, Emotionally and Mentally.
1, 2 and 3. 

Not for all things but most things, many rules are made up with three steps of some sort. Kind of like business. You have a problem, analyzation and solution. Or, you can think of it this way. A vision, plan and execute. 

Or I enjoy this plain simple example from Rhonda Byne’s book, “The Magic”. She emphasizes that all creation results in three steps. The most basic one (the older traditional way) where a man and a women make a baby. Or if you read her book that talks about gratitude, she explains you need to say, “thank you” three times to thank the universe for all creations to be heard. 

This rule is pretty generic, but can be easily be applied in many fields. I thought about talking about this rule, because it helps with the process with many activities you do. 

With the sub group development were I talk about skill set, the three rule is crucial. Self-growth is harder, but if you don’t have the three rule it becomes a challenge. For development the three rule is set up like this. 

  1. Vision
  2. Plan
  3. Execute

There might be a little more to this, however you need this for development. You can’t construct a plan without visualizing what you want.  Seeing what you want makes your mind believe that it will happen. With all things, it makes it easier to create an action. But, if you don’t have action, what you all did was pointless. 

For face, you can apply what you see with this rule. Art around is created usually by a process with or without knowing it. To become a better artist ,it’s good to apply this techniques or steps. 

  1. Use the lights first
  2. Add the shading
  3. Add the details. 

Forgetting any step results of not capturing the picture loses it’s truest realism. (Depends on the picture) 

Lastly for Body, it follows the same structure. Body is pretty similar to developement. When I talk about Body I'm resulting to Fitness.  Changing your body is an art of it’s own. It has boundless opportunities. You need to 

  1. Follow plan
  2. Track
  3. Consistency

Again, if you are not following your plan you can't track your progress. BUT, if you are already doing both that's awesome! However if you don't do it daily, nothing will happen. 

So having the 3 rule helps to either widen or narrow a plan or system with what ever you do. It helps keep you on track and not to do too much or less. Just the right amount of work. Try it yourself!

What’s your system that applies to everything you do?

-Boundie

"Do you belong to the CreativeSociety?! | Results | Creative Boundless"

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Hey boundies, Welcome to this site! 

For all you creative lovers out there, I did a test to see if you would benefit from the content that it is on here!

It’s time to give the results...

Result for #1. I feel that 70% Above is a good indicator that belong to the Creative Society! Why 70%?! Most of the questions are linked to a person who is a creative. Traits of a creative person usually are opened to many possibilities, enjoy achieving goals, thinking of new solutions, and see all things in a different perspective. 

(if you haven’t done the quiz yet, you can still do it! www.thecreativequiz.com)

Results for #2.

Suitable personality types:

  • ISFP-The artist 
  • INFP- The Idealists
  • INTF- The Scientists
  • ESFP- The Performer
  • ENTP- The Visionary

These personality types help indicate that you will enjoy the Creative Boundless community!

(If you want to see your personality type, go find the definitions here:  https://www.personalitypage.com/high-level.html

Results for #3:

  • If you saw the gorilla it indicates that you are looking for more and you have the willingness to look through all possibilities and fine lines!

There you go!

WELCOME TO CREATIVE BOUNDLESS

 

p.s. Anyone is welcome to join, the results may say one thing but you could think the other!

Do you agree with the results?!

-Boundie

"How Art Communicates Other Subjects | Creative Boundless "

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“Complain about the way other people make software by making software”-Kleon, Austin. In other words, want to make a statement, not happy with a cause or life circumstances? Maybe you 

  1. Failed your test but do not agree how your instructor marked your test, OR
  2. You have a very political point of view and want to have a voice OR
  3. Yadadadadaadaa. Jibber, jabba. You get the drift. 

Use this information to make something great out of it. A different way of looking at things :)

Another element to take from Kleon’s book, “How to Steal like an Artist” is to create your own identity. An artist who studies not one, but many innovators to develop your own message. You throw out and take what helps develop and create your own image. 

So, taking those blah situations and use them to create a voice. And that voice will represent the greatness of you! Using that ability to stand up or create something essential for human needs. 

Seems like this is all about seeing the perspective of an artist, isn’t it?! Creating a meaning with the collaboration of other issues, skills or inspiration? YUPPPP. But don’t forget there’s a lot more to it. 

Abuse

Here’s a great example that put’s this thought into context. Taking a voice to stand up for a pretty shallow issue. The Creatorsproject team stands up for horrifying issue of children dealing with sexual assault. 

With the use of childhood photographed objects, the creatorsprojet illustrate the absence of a child only leaving some of the children’s objects. Check the site and you will see how they present there case.  All rights go to Creatorsproject. 

They are creating an identity of hope and willpower to fight violence. 

Fun Science

 Looking at the little dust particles in your phone, stains in your sink or messes on your kitchen table wouldn’t be seen as a way to express a voice with art. Yet, science does it again! Science uses a cool voice to show that art is everywhere! The microbiology contest with Livescience shows that

  • science and art intertwine
  • demonstrate the human body identity through visual demonstration of microbiology

Totally check out more about the contest. One of the contestants created a heavy duty map of New York city with germs.  

How do you communicate with art to spread your voice and further your identity?!?

Let’s hear your voice!

-Boundie

"Are USP’s important for business? | Creative Boundless"

For most of my life as you may know, I been a magician since I was 7. I’m 21  years old now and that’s a good chunk of my life right there. Every since my childhood all I could remember I was out of the city, traveling, competing, volunteering and partnering with up with media. I really didn’t have the most normal childhood. I didn’t play with a lot of friends. Even though I had them, I barely saw them.

I remember in school teachers would tell me that I would be a famous magician and that my brother and me would do great. (On the other hand, I would be slightly bullied because of those comments).  Everyone (besides the bullies) just loved my brother and me; and I actually had no idea why. I was also confused how we stood out. I mean, I thought we were good entertainer’s (and I’m not trying to talk badly about myself) but there were so many others too.

Now because I’m an adult I understand a lot more than I did. (Though I am MORE confused because my brother and I don’t get booked as often. There are probably many reasons why, but one reason may be is  we have put less time into it. BUT we still get booked. And I still ask why?!!?!!??!?!)

However I realized we stood out for one reason...

We had a really good USP. 

You may be wondering what is a USP?

For those who aren’t very familiar of different business concepts, USP stands for a Unique Sales Position, which basically means making your self better than the competition. Or, providing a service that is different or unique compared to others who have the same business. A service that makes you stand out. 

The button below explains more about USP's. 

I remember I was talking to one of my agents, and all he was telling me all the other entertainer’s were jealous of my brother and I because we were getting so many inquiries.  It all made sense now. 

There are NO magicians in my community that were siblings. Majority of them were guys. Having a girl in the magic world is less common, and a brother and sister duo is VERY RARE. 

This was our USP! Two Siblings performing together at a very young age, PLUS a girl who is ACTUALLY a magician and not an assistant. Whoa, We stood out big time. 

STANDING OUT

Because of this I understand the importance of having an unique service. I looked on www.kijiji.ca and most of the entertainer’s are the same (some do stand out though!). However, it’s important to find or add a better service of some sort. This applies to every kind of business like cars, make up, shoes, you name it! If you don't, people won't see a value of picking your service. 

Here is a great post by Rich20something on different types of USP that you could add. 

Implementing this, USP’s are a powerful tool. There so simple but effective. Here's one example, promoting make-up; now that is TOUGH.  Ipsy separates themselves by allowing there subscriber's to try all the popular brand’s in a sample goodie bag. For an incredible price, they get to try all the latest product per month. Sweet deal?! Their different because they get a service delivered to them. Even better, they get to try all the POPULAR brands. 

Here's another, If you look at blog posts, there are tons! I enjoy this one. 

She makes her newsletter special. Tweaking how you phrase content can make you stand out. 

Boost Blog Traffic Is a great site that shows how artists are successfully making themselves different to promote the hardest career of all. Being an artists. Yet they all made it possible. 

(Last example I swear!) Book of Scribbles Is a genius, I swear. Book of scribbles promotes there art by scribbles. So simple but creative! Taking scribbles then transforming them into cool pictures is a mind twister. People don’t think of these things! 

USP’s are important for every business. You can be an artist, (which I’m trying to promote) or a doctor. Both can succeed or fail (to an extent), however how you differentiate yourself is where you gain the most success! (Nothing is guaranteed but USP's do help!)

So how about you! How do you make your business different?

Or what are your thoughts on USP's?


Boundie :)