Creativity – Stay away from what makes you miserable

Sharon Glassman – Creativity – How to stay away from what makes you miserable.

So like the creative light switch—that usually turns on for me first thing in the morning. I have to turn it off, and go, okay. But, one thing I figured out, or one thing I really enjoy is putting two things together that might not match and see what comes up with them. I’m also a big not fan of perfection. And I remember doing invitations for my solar shows, and this was back when people were starting to do these really, it’s hilarious, high end postcards. Postcards!

And a designer friend of mine, said, wow, everyone’s going really high tech, and yours look like they’ve been done with craft paper at a Xerox store. And I said, because that’s how they’re done. So I’m more about content and connection and communication, and I think that if you focus on those things, your medium shouldn’t be so important. And in fact, if it’s flawed, I think it’s better. Because all people, we all are, or at least I am, and that’s what I love about other people, are the quirks.

So the shinier, more perfect something is, the more I’m going to vote past it. I think the more imperfect and happy your creation is, the more people are going to respond to it, because people respond to being happy and like that and connect to that. There’s an interesting story with this little project which is something I’m doing every week at my local bakery. And I get, I think, effortlessly, if it’s effortless, you’re probably going to let it back. So I happen to like baked goods. And this woman is my local baker, and I tended to go here every day, anyway, grab a cupcake, before or after. It’s fine.

And it had occurred to me that I had this great album that had been sitting around. I moved to Colorado, and houses had been blowing up and I have been house sitting for Republicans who had some of the drug problems. My life was busy for five years, I couldn’t focus. But now I could and I was like, I love telling stories on stage, but unusual stages.

There’s a networking group meeting tomorrow, which I just happened to noticed at a friend’s Facebook page. I don’t know why I noticed it, but effortless? I’m going to go. I’m not a really networking group kind of person, but I’m going to go. And you have to bring something chocolate. Well, how perfect, I’ll go to my friend the baker. And I said, oh have you heard about this group? I’m thinking about telling stories on the stage, I wanted to find a company to work with. And she goes, well that’s me. I was coming in there to buy the chocolate. So before I left, I was done. Here’s my event. Still go to the networking group, still brought the cupcakes from the ladies, not cross promoting her. If you spent time trying to figure it out and map it up on a spreadsheet, you’d be miserable and you’d feel like you were forcing it.

But I had to love chocolate, I have to love this. I was happy to go to this event, happy, happy, happy. Everything gets done. If you’re miserable, don’t do it