You’ve been lied to.
Creativity isn’t something particular creative geniuses such as Kanye West or John Le were simply born with.
If you were to trace back the steps of any known artist, I can guarantee you there’s a long history of terrible art behind them.
At first glance, creativity really does seem like something some people are just naturally gifted with while others aren’t.
That’s not the case.
A study by scientist Dr. George Land reveals that we are all naturally creative and as we grow up, we learn to be uncreative.
Years of brainwashing, ads, and people who gave up on their dreams all try to fit you into a mold and push their ideas onto you.
Here’s how to be more creative:
1. See creativity in a new light
I see creativity in two parts:
- The end result – seeing the world differently and expressing your viewpoint in some type of medium.
- The step before that that no one seems to focus on, is the deep appreciation of life, patterns, senses, and continual maintenance of work.
Yes, there’s work involved.
“ Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
On September 22, 2014, I challenged myself to share a photo a day on Instagram. Here’s day one:
Going to start posting a photo a day. And it begins. 1 #365project #photography #iphone
2. Find your craft
I’ve been creating art my entire life. Except for Middle School. That was all computer games since I’m Asian, and internet porn since I was going through puberty but was scared to talk to girls then.
In elementary, I was making pictures out of dried macaroni and glue.
In high school, I took pottery classes, made stained windows, and I was making skits with friends and putting them on Youtube.
Finally, in college, I took a watercolor class, acting classes, and then I stumbled upon filmmaking.
Filmmaking has lead me to stay in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills, hang out with Playboy models, travel the world, and so much more.
Your craft could be anything. The point is to explore and treat every form you venture as if you’re going to do it for the rest of your life.
Something will resonate with you more than anything else.
3. Work. And LOTS of it
Once you find your craft, now is the hard/fun part – mastery.
When I first discovered filmmaking, the only time I was getting experience was when I was borrowing equipment from the school’s film department and working on crappy college projects.
I needed to learn.
Bill Gates never took a day off in his twenties.
Before Kanye signed to Roc-a-Fella Records and became a star, he was making 5 beats a day. For 3 years.
Opportunity does not waste time on the unprepared.
There seems to be a period of time for everyone who has ever achieved anything where they just put their head down and worked.
If you haven’t connected the dots yet, this is where you start creating. Whether that be photos, film, business, chess, anything.
Here’s your homework to make it really simple: Create a little challenge for yourself by setting a time frame where you will simply practice learning. Make it a bit of a stretch to where your brain will think, “Can I really do this?”
By taking and posting a photo a day for a year, I learned more than I EVER would have, from reading any book out there.
If you really want to cut the learning curve, take action, then study, take action – study. Continue this cycle until you become world class.
Pause and reflect as you go along. Don’t be afraid to try new things, new angles. You’ll start recognizing patterns and from learning the fundamentals, your brain will start expanding and eventually, you’ll find your own style.
Go out there and create.
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