For artists, writers, web designers, illustrators and other creative types, sometimes our design visions “runneth over.” However, you may sometimes find yourself staying organized and getting your creative juices going when it means getting ourselves out there in the community. These tips will help bring your creative juices alive from the studio, to your clients and customers:
1. Start Off the New Year by Getting Organized. Creative types often get accused of having their head in the clouds when it comes to organization and the business side of the profession. Prove them wrong this year by getting some organizational systems down.
Commit to scheduled tasks. If you want to get your work out to the public, dedicate a few hours mid-month to discovering what’s ahead on the creative community agenda. This might simply mean you attend a community event to introduce yourself to new faces. You can also make a monthly list of galleries, coffee shops, bars and other public places you’ll contact to talk about showing your art, web design services, or content writing skills. To make the task of scheduling feel less mundane and more inspirational, download an iStock Photo calendar to keep the creative juices flowing. Your calendar can help build confidence when you look back to see all of the new connections you’ve been able to make.
2. Discover New Creative Online Outlets and Find New Customers and Clients. Maybe you’ve already tested out the waters on Etsy or Ebay, but still aren’t attracting the audience you’d like with your artwork. Have you considered featuring your work in an online forum that specializes in featuring artists? If you’re a painter or illustrator, you might find that not only does your work get a bit more traffic, but you’ll also be able to interact with other creative types.
- Cool new services such as Turning Art allow artists of all types to submit their work for subscribers to rent. This allows artists to get their work in the hands of countless people anywhere in the country.
- We Work Remotely is an interactive tool, allowing web designers to connect with other creative minds, while also posting their work to commission new job prospects.
- If your work is multi-faceted, part web-design, or half artistic-half writing, consider interacting with the Mashable job board. This board offers a variety of discussions and links that can help boost your creative juices while introducing you to a countless number of potential new clients and customers.
3. Learn How to Unleash Creativity by Boosting Personal Confidence. David Kelley, author and speaker on creativity says that everyone has the potential for tapping their creative sides- it’s about learning new systems and how to tap into your confidence surrounding your creative talents. As noted on CreativeConfidence.com, Kelley says that story telling and understanding more about how our behavior is driven through art can help spark our creative confidence. Ready to boost your visions? Try an inspirational TED talk as a resource to get your creative side going.