Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Creatives: Don't Lose The Kid

When I was a kid I was the little guy who laughed at Bugs Bunny outsmarting Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam, and jumped off the couch with a baby blanket around my neck as I emulated Superman. I immediately connected with fictional characters and imagined the worlds they were from. As I grew up I doodled and doodled until my parents put me in art classes. Eventually, I went to high school where we had an animation program and animated two short 2D films. I knew I wanted to be creative for the rest of my life and design school was the next natural step.

It's been 15 years since I graduated and it's been interesting to say the least. But with all my success and failures (more of those) I've learned one very important lesson. The one thing that will kill your creativity and keep you from growing, not as a creative, but as a person, is losing the kid.

That kid who loved to draw, color and dreamed up new ideas, is inside us all. We get so caught up in our work lives, clients and deadlines, that we forget the reason why we do this in the first place. Last year I experienced an extreme burn out. And not the usual burn out that comes from weeks of non-stop work, this was years in the making. I decided then to set time aside to work on projects that were important to me. You've seen a lot of that work here on the blog and there's more to come. It has made such a difference in my life. It's really the meaning of the nickname "tanoshiboy". It's my alter ego, the kid that desperately wants to be creative, not for a paycheck, but for the sake of being creative. I encourage you to do the same.

It will make all the difference.

Happy Creating,

Dennis (tanoshiboy)

Have you gotten caught up in work and left behind the kid? Did you recently reconnect with your kid? What are you doing to nurture that side of yourself? Share with us in the comments section and please share this post with your creative friends and colleagues. Use @salvatier when posting on twitter. Who knows who it may help. :)