Friday, 27 April 2018

3 Ways I'm Trying To Boost My Creativity

3 Ways I'm Trying To Boost My Creativity - Cains Brewery Village
Throughout early April, I interviewed for a new job at work. The job was within the marketing department and focused a lot on content creation and social media. Despite my best efforts, I didn't get it and surprisingly, I wasn't disappointed. Here's why;

I've never been a person who's known what path I want to take. I've always been somewhat creative and my mind is constantly thinking about new ideas and drawing inspiration from everything in life. At first, to me, this job was just an interest. With all of the ideas and inspiration floating around in my mind, I thought it would be great to channel it into something different - No harm done. However, the further along I got through the interview process and the more preparations I made, the more I realised that what I really wanted to do wasn't to channel my ideas into a new job, I wanted to channel it into my own work. 

I wanted to see the creativity shine through on my blog, in my writing and on my Instagram and the more and more I produced things for my interviewers approval, the more I realised it was actually my own approval I'd been seeking - I wanted to be creative for myself. I started by changing my edits and honestly, that's kind of what sparked it for me.  So, when I didn't get the job, instead of leaving the meeting room upset and disappointed I was happy that I'd finally found what I wanted. To channel all of my creativity into my own platforms. So, with my little story in mind, I wanted to share a few ways I've been trying to boost my creativity since then. 

Visual Skills I mentioned in my edits post that I'd been learning a lot about Lightroom from Peter McKinnon and through watching his channel, my suggestions have shifted completely from 'Applying the perfect winged liner' to 'Making your videos more cinematic'. I've not branched into the world of Youtube or film-making just yet and I'm not sure if I ever will. I enjoyed using Final Cut Pro and After Effects back in college but I don't know a great deal about them. 

Writing Skills Though I work in a professional environment dealing with clients on a daily basis, the most writing that I do aside from my blog, are emails. Sometimes when I sit down to write a post, I know exactly what I want to say and the language I want to use but I forget sometimes that stringing an intellectual sentence together isn't as easy as I once thought. I've looked into copywriting here and there as a way to inject the language I want  to use back into my own work. Thankfully there a bunch of free guides and courses out there to help so hopefully, with a little more research, I'll be back to writing like William Wordsworth in no time. 

Technology Skills It's super important in any industry to be up to date with the latest technology but sometimes it can be so hard to keep up. Just when I thought I'd heard of most tech bits and pieces, with every new video I watch comes more new things. With channeling my creativity into blogging I try to keep up with the latest cameras, platforms, equipment and more recently programs like Photoshop and Lightroom like I mentioned earlier. 

 What do you do to boost your creativity whether it's for work or a hobby? 


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