3 Specific Ways to Move Past Your Creative Anxiety So You Can Do the Work You Love

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3 Specific Ways to Move Past Your Creative Anxiety So You Can Do the Work You Love

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I went 8 months without picking up my camera to capture images, my pen to draft pitches and outlines, and I  didn't even bother to log on to my websites to make important updates. These are just a few of the important things the I didn't  bother to attempt to do. Things that were important to progress my mission, business, and personal goals.

I was in a space of creative paralyslys, what I thought was a block, and very well in some aspects could have been. So many ideas of things I wanted to execute, new ways of approaching problems, and new strategies I wanted to implement were heavy on my mind; but they were being held hostage in my head. The creative process is full of anxiety traps that if we’re not careful can and will leave us at a creative standstill.

Dealing with creative anxiety is very common to anyone who creates, produces, and executes ideas for public consumption for a living.

Here are some signs..but mind you, I AM NOT a medical professional; just a creative professional with some insight and experience in overcoming my creative anxiety #sodontberunningaroundsayingIdiagnosedyouwithsuchandsuch.

Let me know if any of these sound familiar to you…

  • You do not create or produce as often as you want, yet you have the time to do so...

  • Sometimes you  just avoid doing the work all together, but the thought of the work still stays on your mind…

  • You procrastinate on doing the work and sharing your work..and sometimes have a difficult time deciding which projects to take on…

  • There are moments  when you feel cold, idealess, irritable, and absent from yourself…

If you are a creative professional or someone who produces work for mass consumption for a living, then I am sure you’ve experienced any one of those emotions at one point or another. But, many times we don’t know how to articulate what we’re experiencing when we feel these types of creative blokages.

Here are three helpful ways to help you work toward pushing past your anxiety to create.

  1. Believe and affirm that the work and the stories you create for the world matter, are purposeful, and are necessary. What made you decide to get into this line of work, is this your purpose? Believe that you do this work not because you should but because you WANT to. As creative professionals it is easy to forget the work we do is purpose and passion filled and it is tied into someone else's dream.

  2. Action. Action cures fear. Yes, just start. Even if you only spend 5 minutes working on said creative activity or job, there is grace and magic in every little bit of effort you put into it. One foot in front of the other.

  3. Prepare.  Anxiety is the price we pay for unprepared mind and mouth. Whether you have a performance, a speaking gig, or a shoot...whatever the case may be, no being prepared will cause you to have anxiety and will lesson your desire to even do the work.

Hopefully these tips going your mind going on what direction take when trying to push past your creative anxiety. If you do feel creatively overwhelmed contact me for a one on creative clarity session.

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5 Things To Keep in Mind When Telling Visual Stories

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5 Things To Keep in Mind When Telling Visual Stories

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Everyone is a photographer these day, or so it seems. But how many people are actually telling stories and pulling people in with their images?

Right.

Whether you are a parent wanting to documents your children and family and create a beautiful gallery wall in your home...a content creator looking to bring my depth and impact to the images you create, or a photographer that wants to expand their portfolios. These tips will help you. These tips are for anyone looking to transform their images from snapshots to stories. 

  1. Forget about capturing perfect poses. The more imperfect your subject the better. Trust me on this one. Remember, when capturing a visual story, your are not capturing posed portraits of your subject. You are telling the story like it is, and artfully.

  2. Study the cinematography of some of your favorite movies, take notice of how the visual story is told and transitions from one scene to another.  

  3. Pay attention to your setting and the different elements and details that are in it. These elements and details that show up in your images help convey important messages to the viewer.

  4. Your perceptive is important. How you position yourself with your camera make a HUGE difference. It can really shift your visual perspective. For example, if you are photographing a birth you can make a creative choice to shoot a few scenes from the vantage point of the father of the child, the doula/birthing assistance, or the view of the entire scene. Each one of those vantage points will tell a slightly different story.

If you found these tips helpful, then, I KNOW you will find value in my art of visual story telling course.  Click HERE to learn more about the course and to enroll.

 

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The Creative Professional's Ultimate Resource Guide

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The Creative Professional's Ultimate Resource Guide

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I made time, and I made this for you. A resource guide for my creative professionals, and freelancers.

Twice a month, I send out a eMagazine where I share behind the scenes of my creative and personal life. I also share resources and guidance on the how and why your creative work benefits the world and can change the culture for the better. 

When you sign up for the eMagazine you’ll get a copy of this resource guide. Instead of spending all your time googling things like “what is the best platform for managing my projects”; I’ve provided that for you. You should be spending your time on other things 😚😏😉. Sign up in the box below

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Atlanta Photography Exhibit: 4:45

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Atlanta Photography Exhibit: 4:45

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Friends, I will be on of the exhibiting artist at TILA Studios’ “4:45 Relationship and Art Exhibit: Healing in Real Time”. I’ll be exhibiting a series of fine art photography image that the the story of block women mothering themselves and each other, and recovering from relationships. Print will also be available for purchase while on view.

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A Series of Artful Portraits for Your Gallery Wall

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A Series of Artful Portraits for Your Gallery Wall

Imagine filling your space, whether it's your office at work,  your home, or even your studio..imagine filling that space with a series of artful portraits that that tell a specific story. Nice, huh?

Well, you are in luck. I'm currently taking commissions. If you reside in Atlanta or DC, you can now commission me to capture a series of moments for you that would can be used on your gallery or any other purpose you see fit. 

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