Finding a creative outlet is of particular importance to individuals who spend a majority of their time during the day working in creative careers. Some of you may be thinking, “I’m spending 8-10 hours a day being creative, why can’t I just shut my brain off for a bit?” You can, now don’t get me wrong, but exercising it for pleasure is much different than making it work.
One of the easiest ways to stay creative is to remain connected with like-minded creative types. A “creative group” is a social circle that collaborates, discusses, brainstorms, and even challenges each other. Simply put, it’s creative people doing creative things.
Now, here’s the tricky part: where do you find an established “creative group?”
You could conduct a little research and find one (check with local artists, ask your friends on Facebook, check out Meetup) or…you create one yourself. Your group could meet once a month (or once a week if you’re gung-ho about it and can commit), or you create a closed or private group on Facebook and start populating it with people who you feel a creative connection with.
If you do end up creating your own creative group due to not locating an already existing one, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Grow the group by asking people to bring a creative friend with them. By doing so, you’re also keeping your creative group diverse. It’s more fun to have various types of creative talent in the group.
- Establish some rules or code of conduct for members to follow. For instance, if “Jane” is constantly putting down or being super critical of what “Josie” is creating or expressing, then nip that sooner than later and give everyone a lesson on respect. There’s a huge difference between constructive criticism and someone being a complete d-bag.
- Before you start your group, clearly define what exactly you want your it to achieve. What do you hope to gain from this? What do you want all the members of the group to gain? Can you clearly state exactly why it is beneficial for someone to join this creative circle? When you can answer all these questions without pause and hesitation, it’ll be an effortless process to get people to join and commit to the end goal and overall “mission.”
All in all, having other individuals to bounce ideas off of and being part of a group or a micro-community of creative people is an excellent way to keep your stress level down, keep your mind feeling energized and a social hobby that can tingle your senses and peak your creative interests. Finding one may not be easy, but starting your own won’t be too hard.
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