We're only 25 days into 2017 and by now everyone has many irons in the fire. For many people, they’ve been planning and setting goals for the year since last summer or early fall. Now, things are in full swing; new ideas, new goals and creative juices are at a high, the question is, how long will it last?
Ask any artist (writer, painter, designer…) and they will tell you that just as they have periods in time where they are drowning in creative juices, they have times of drought. That’s just the nature of the beast, when you’re hot you’re really hot and when you’re not, you’re absolutely ice-cold.
Being in a creative funk can be depressing for any artist but for an artist who is dependent on their creativity for those coins (read: paychecks), being in a creative funk is double trouble. I’ve been there several times, most of us have, and I can honestly say that it is a hard place to be. Sitting in your creative space drawing nothing but blanks or knowing that you are capable of greatness but producing what you know is mediocre; it’s enough to make you pull your hair out. And some artist have done much worse, remember 2007 Britney Spears? I’m just saying. It happens to us all.
It’s imperative for an artist to constantly draw inspiration from sources that will allow them to give birth to more creativity. There are indeed many resources when it comes to garnering inspiration; it all just depends on what the artist can pull from their experiences. Since I am all too familiar with being in a creative funk, I think is only right that I share with my fellow artists ways I draw inspiration.
For some (me included) music feeds the soul and gets their creative juices flowing. Beyoncé is the ultimate motivator. A good lip sync battle with yourself in the mirror always sparks new and genius-like ideas.