The other day, on a conference call, I was speaking with a couple of producers who were providing me with the details for our upcoming shoot. The call consisted of us going over the styling direction to ensure I knew exactly what I’d shop for. At some point in the conversation I started throwing out ideas on how to dress the shot. When I asked for feedback one of them simply replied, We’re not creative. We’re just organizing the creativity.
This statement stuck with me.
While it’s all true that the role of a producer is to coordinate everything for a shoot, when I heard their creativity brushed off it made me wonder — do people who spend their days dealing with logistics embed the idea that they’re not creative in their head? Or do they find time outside of their daily grind to tap into inspiration?
Dealing with the logistics in life is essential — our days wouldn’t run smooth if we ignored them. Just last week, I got so wrapped up with work that when GL asked me what’s for dinner, I didn’t know…I had forgotten to pass by the store. How nice would it be if we had individual producers at home — organizing the details to make our lives flow.
The creative spirit is something that exists within all of us — it’s our true selves expressed freely and authentically. And though it is available to everyone, it may not be accessed at all times.
When I’m stuck without an idea, I run for it. I pop on a playlist, something I know will resonate with my soul, and take off for the East River. It could take 15 minutes, or an hour. But almost always my ideas start to flow. I’ll even go for a run right in the middle of writing a piece — I’m that girl, pulled over on the jogging path, who has pulled out her phone to jot down some notes. The run isn’t so much about my heart rate as it is a creativity boost.
This is another sure thing for me. I cozy up in my chair with my notebook, and write everything that comes to mind. It’s a brain dump. It creates space in my perception for the goods to be revealed. It’s how I came up with the idea for this post.
I know, it’s similar to #1. But when the weather outside sucks I prefer to stay indoors. This type of movement is more free-flowing. I may throw down my yoga mat, not to do yoga, but to follow my body and see where it wants to go. (The yoga mat makes it more official — like it’s practice time!.) Again, the right music is the perfect lubricant.
Meditation is a direct path to the soul. I was doing the guided sessions here for awhile. But then the voices (their voices, not mine) seemed to get in my way. So now I’m just using the timer with the nice bell sound. My intention here is to quiet my mind and body. I listen for the little releases within — I can actually hear my nervous system unwinding…which for a high strung lady like myself is essential to my creativity.