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”.
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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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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