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How to Succeed as a Creative

October 20, 2019 in Marketing, Tips - 3 min read

In this day and age, being a creative is harder than ever. Back then, painting a complete replica of something, like how Andy Warhol did, was something extraordinary and worthy of praise because it was different; it was new. In addition to this, there wasn’t much competition either, everybody was just doing their thing, whether people understood it or not wasn’t the artist’s problem because their work was still considered good.

We are living in a time where it doesn’t take much to be a creative – a smartphone and a couple of apps and you are good to go. The one thing that has been slightly neglected is the fact that there are people out there who have a passion for creating and the sad truth is that they are now competing with those that just do it for fun to pass time while commuting to school or work. 

So, what does this mean? It is much harder for creatives to have their work out there and/or get credit for it, at the very least. The creative field is highly saturated hence standing out and succeeding can be a bit challenging but there are effective ways to actually flourish and climb the ladder gradually.

Consistency

This is surely one word you are sick of hearing when it comes to any advice on succeeding but you know what? Consistency works wonders. Don’t get off people’s faces, the more they see your work, the more they unconsciously fall for it. Not only does staying consistent help you gain supporters of your work, but it will also help you stay creative. The more you do something, the better you get at it, you know this.

Invest your money

Of course you’ve heard the saying, ‘you got to use money to make money’, if you are reading it without much thought it really does not make any sense but think deeper, think simple… if you want to be a photographer you need a camera and not just any regular camera, a good one. After a while you might need more lenses to add perspective to your photos which will also better your photography style. You will need to spend more than you receive but always make sure that whatever you are spending on will serve the sole purpose of making your work better.

Shoot your shot

This one is really not for the weak, if you fear rejection, being a creative might be your thing but getting any far in life is not promised. Write down a proposal to work with a company, plan a collaboration with someone who inspires you and just send it to them. Your proposal and plan may be well-structured, the work and ideas you present may be exceptional but if someone isn’t interested, they just aren’t. So what should be your next step after getting rejected? Finding your next victim, sending that proposal and hoping for the best again. You keep doing that until something happens.

Take criticism kindly 

If you receive any criticism about your work, don’t be so hasty to think that they are ‘haters’ – try to understand where they are coming from and even ask for advice if you must. If you sense that whoever is criticizing your work is purely doing it to spite you or discourage you then use that negativity positively by letting it be your motivation.

Don’t depend on support

The hardest pill to swallow as a creative would probably be the one about support. No one owes you any support for what you do which is why you should not focus your creativity on trying to please. Appreciate those who do support you but also do not beg or force people to support you because then their support will not be genuine and you will end up with a bunch of spectators just staring at your work with no interest.

Be blind to competition

Do not see anyone as competition. Don’t look at another creative minding their own business and conclude that they are a threat. You are a creative, use your creativity as means of expressing yourself. You can never be ahead or behind if you are on your own lane.

That’s it for now, 

16 Comments

  • Kymmiee Lately October 20, 2019 at 03:04

    first off… I wish this post was longer. Secondly, thank you for the consistency reminder and lastly, thank you for the motivational gem. Happy Sunday G!

    • Mbalenhle October 29, 2019 at 14:40

      I’m always stuck between ‘let’s write a detailed long article’ and ‘keep it short, simple and sweet’ 😅! Lol I’m glad you enjoyed this post nonetheless 🤗💕

  • Alien Resort October 20, 2019 at 10:27

    Keeping one’s mind occupied with meaningful activity is a goal that any creative can attain.

    • Mbalenhle October 29, 2019 at 14:35

      I agree with you on that one. With determination, anything is possible

  • Bryan Fagan October 20, 2019 at 18:45

    If you enjoy creating that’s all you need. Everything you mentioned above will fall into place. When we love something we keep doing it.

    • Mbalenhle October 29, 2019 at 14:35

      That’s true, if you enjoy doing it, everything else will be pretty easy, we don’t give up on something that gives us inner peace

  • Zayah Lee October 21, 2019 at 02:12

    The point about consistency… That always gets to to me and leaves me feeling all kinds f guilty because of how hard it is to teach yourself to be consistent, especially when you have a full-time job and other things to stress over. It’s hard, yes, but not impossible so we keep trying. Thank you for the reminder!

    • Mbalenhle October 29, 2019 at 14:34

      I know right! Consistency is something creatives tend to sleep on and it’s pretty understandable why too – we get busy, we get lazy and when no one is motivating or pushing us it’s hard to just keep going. Thanks for stopping by sis 🌈

  • Nenkinan Nehemiah Deshi October 23, 2019 at 01:56

    👏👏👏 Didn’t I miss you and your wisdom Miss Khuzwayo

    Excellent pieces of advise! I love number 5 the people at the back need to hear it and number 4. The way entitlement makes people feel their friends owe them support (even when their art isn’t there yet) is funny.

    • Mbalenhle October 29, 2019 at 14:32

      ‘even when their art isn’t there yet’ 😂 I totally agree with you and feel you on that one! Being a creative is no child’s play, a strong mentality is important here. Haha thank you so much for stopping by Deshi 💕

  • don't give a jam November 4, 2019 at 16:46

    this is awesome! love what you said about taking criticism kindly 💛

    • Mbalenhle November 6, 2019 at 00:37

      Always necessary to do so🤗 thank you for stopping by!

  • Couple's Checklist December 1, 2019 at 21:23

    Thank you for this!

    • Mbalenhle December 2, 2019 at 17:52

      You’re welcome, I’m glad you love it🤗

  • At the frontiers December 29, 2019 at 23:16

    Nailed it. Lovely blog, Mbalenhle! Your point about ‘shooting your shot’ is that little push we all need. Thanks for sharing this post, have a wonderfully creative and blessed year ahead 🙂

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