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The Care & Feeding of Creative Professionals – Part 2

What are some of the common mistakes that you see people who seek a career in any of these fields make as they pursue that career?

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  • We often assume that something was done by someone else. Make no mistake, if we think something's done and we can start something new – it's dead to us. 

  • We only like our creative [in the moment]; long creative projects will make creatives very unhappy.
    We don't want to dress up, our office is a mess, and we always want the latest gear, tools, fonts, apps, etc. But we're afraid of using them because that creates change, and we fear change. We're overly protective of the creative we make – the byproduct of the creative process is like making a child, or a 'thing' we have a passion for. 

  • Therefore, we'll needlessly defend it and often aggravate the client in the process. Moreover, make sure that within the creative practice you do the 'holy trinity' regarding concepts

    1) EXACTLY what the client asked for.

    2) Use the client's request as a basis for the creative but feel free to take strong liberties with it.

    3) A total wildcard idea that's completely unexpected and something the creative will enjoy doing.

  • We want to be humble but we also want positive affirmation for our efforts. 

  • Creatives are not morning people. 

  • A sense of "play" is important. Treating them too ‘adult’ can be counter productive.

  • Timelines are important.

  • While clients are not always right, we need them to believe they are.

  • When a creative asks you to see something (even if it's not completed) they usually DON'T want constructive criticism, they want to be petted. That said, start with "I like what you've done ..." and ease into the suggestion process.

  • We have problem finishing designs — we think "Has it (the design) been pushed far enough? Could it be better? What needs to change?" Often convincing that "if we add too much more it could kill it", will get them to settle.

  • Creatives SUCK at time tracking. Give them tools and techniques to clock-in and out of projects. Monitor this properly as we often drift from one directive to another, having come up with awesome addition (of course), but we'll virtually never stop to splice time.

  • Keep them caffeinated.

Modern Storytelling: Anthony Bourdain

Thanks again Anthony — you made modern storytelling more authentic and relatable – all the while you did so on your own terms. His style like many trailblazers was brash, loud and irreverent. He came from a 'checkered' past and for that made him all the more likable. People aren't perfect and we learn from our mistakes, not by our accolades.

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Suicide is on the uptick, and this should be an alert to everyone. While the list of known celebrities that have taken their life grows; so does the total statistic for the rest of us, with what appears to be one suicide every 20 seconds by 2020. I believe it to be human nature to debate your own mortality, and sadly even at times – ending it. That said, we all have something to give everyone, and I hope you seek and nurture that evolution all of your days.

If you suspect someone that may be at risk for suicide:

  1. Do not leave the person alone.
  2. Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
  3. Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  4. Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For more tips and warning signs, click here.