What is the hardest part of being a creative?

I was  asked this recently in a fellow business creatives group, and was suprised at how easily the answer came to me : Being creative all the time. That is right, the hardest part about being a creative is channeling it 24/7. I think there is societal pressure too, because generally, creatives have labels that have seem to put them in a specific corner; starving artist, broke artist, this fun little thing you do, lazy, not a real job…the list goes on. And yes, sure, it is our jobs as creatives and professional business folk to stray from those labels and create a life that truly means something to us and our art, but it can be challenging.  There are days where the creative in me is drained so to speak, and I mentally and emotionally feel unable to create; I need to be able to recharge in order to regain that creative vigor. Sometimes, we must get out of our own way in order to give ourselves a chance to feel inspired again. Creativety is not like restarting a show you were watching the night before; an intense amount of energy goes into getting to that place, it is not easy to get back to.



Alternately, it often feels like even when you do not want to create, the wheels are always turning in your head. What sets it apart from a 9-5 job, is that you are so often inspired to create at bizarre hours, you are constantly coming up with new ideas, and often overworking yourself without breaks because the artist must always work for the art. A lot of what goes on in the creative concious mind emerges in bursts, and that can be challenging. I accept that reality because, while being creative is absolutely a challenge, it’s also the most rewarding and amazing  place to be. 



Erin Bass

*Fashion Designer Upcycler*Girlboss*

*Erin hails from Portland, Oregon and is a self taught upcycled fashion designer, seamstress, and fiber artist. Want to see her work? Click here

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