A while ago I mentioned that I have a large project that I've been working on. It's not one for work or for a freelance client. It's for me. I haven't been feeling fulfilled by my creative endeavors and have definitely noticed a lack of even wanting to try to create something. I had a pretty tough freelance client last fall and because of a major lack of communication, I don't think I did my best work or that they were satisfied with the final deliverable. That left me doubting myself and feeling pretty uninspired. But we live and we learn --I learned a lot from that experience; about the importance of contracts, timelines, and communication and I'm moving onward.
So, personal projects. They're a major way for creatives to create for themselves, to do work that allows them to experiment and push their creative boundaries in ways that working for someone else may not. They're an important part of growing as a creative. In school, especially senior year, every project was a personal project. We had loose guidelines, a deadline, and were given the freedom to create within those parameters but without someone giving me assignments, my personal work has been largely put on the proverbial back burner.
I started out this year experimenting with ways to force myself to create content; a failed 52 week project, dabbling in illustration styles, curating inspiration. Some of them have stuck. But one night in January, while I was brushing my teeth, real inspiration struck. I could almost see the cartoon bright idea lightbulb turn on above my head. I was wondering if my peers in various realms of the creative world were feeling the same sort of struggle to create or if they had found ways to power through that and keep their creative juices flowing. I began writing out questions I had about processes and finding inspiration. Then I narrowed them down and fleshed them out to just seven questions and I started emailing.
Thus was born my newest personal project that I'll be unveiling sometime in the next month. I'm so excited about the potential for this and the opportunity to collaborate and tell the stories of my peers and fellow creatives. I can't wait to share it.