2017 Holidays

Find a creative side project

Everyone has that one half-finished Pinterest project, song, screenplay, craft project, painting or photography idea they’ve put to the side. It’s time that we pick it back up soon and keep each other accountable in the coming year.
Our Chief Creative Officer, Ryan Mason, flexes his creative muscles to fine tune results for clients daily, but has a few personal creative projects or two of his own he’d like to make happen in the coming year. “I need to engineer time to work on some art projects —a group of prints to be framed or on canvas—that I have been wanting to make for some time, " Ryan Mason, Chief Creative Officer
Not surprisingly, we have a few creative folks around here, and that isn’t limited to the people who are on the creative team. We asked them what helps them stay inspired inside and outside or work, and here is the advice they had to give.

  1. Set a creative intention

What do project or goal do we want to accomplish in the next few months? What resources, including time or money, do we need make it happen? In addition, what barriers might stand in the way of making this happen? It might also help to tell a friend, partner or creative mentor about said creative intention to ensure greater accountability.

  1. Identify a timeline

When do we want to complete the project? Setting a deadline might help us stay focused on finishing the project.

  1. Gather inspiration and material

Where do you seek creative inspiration? Are there websites you visit that give you ideas? What physical materials or supplies do you need to make it happen?

  1. Set aside focus time

A few folks at closerlook have tried and true practices for reaching creative goals. For example, Dave Reidy, an accomplished fiction writer who has published two books, sets aside a few hours each day to focus on writing (morning person alert!).

  1. Do the damn thing.

Our crew all admittedly that sitting down to do the thing is the hardest—but most rewarding—part of all.
What’s a creative project you’ve completed recently that you’re proud of? Bake a pie? Paint a hallway? Publish an article? Take a photo that made someone cry? Share it with us on Twitter or Instagram with #evenbetter2018

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